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Project Scientist position - University of Reunion Island (France)


New member
A research position as Project Scientist is available in the ENERGY-lab of Univeristy of Reunion Island, France.

The successful candidate will join in the project of SWIO-Energy (Solar and Wind Energy in the Indian Ocean) in charge of simulating local climate at very high resolution of Reunion island.

Project research :

In the framework of a project of the regional cooperation programme, INTERREG V 2014-2020 (European funding), the University of La Réunion (UR), in partnership with the University of Mauritius (UoM), is seeking a scientist (named as research engineer in France) in regional climate modelling for climate studies in the Southwest Indian Ocean.

ENERGY-Lab, the project leader, is located both in the field of solar metrology (the team manages a network of fifteen meteorological stations over La Réunion but also in neighbouring countries - South Africa, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and Madagascar), and in the field of regional climate modelling (since 2011, the team has implemented a dynamic downscaling approach based on the use of regional climate models forced on their lateral boundaries by: 1) global climate models, 2) climate reanalyses).

The main objective of the SWIO-Energy project is to study, for the first time in the region, the impact of climate change on renewable resources (solar, wind) at the local scale over La Réunion and Mauritius using ground measurements, satellite imagery and simulations from regional climate models. The researcher will 1) work in collaboration with and under the responsibility of the project manager, himself overseen by the scientific manager of ENERGY-Lab in charge of the project, and 2) interact with the study engineer in scientific calculation of the laboratory and the study engineer in data processing recruited as well on the project.​

Job details :
The applicant joins the laboratory for 5 months, to replace a team member in the SWIO-Energy project and to work on:

- Regional Climate Simulations of WRF model.
The applicant will be responsible for carrying out the WRF simulations required for the project according to a program defined by the team and its partners. His (Her) role is to prepare the simulated data sets used by all project partners, including outputs from existing models (reanalyses, data generated by the models that will be used for the project - CMIP, CORDEX, etc.) and WRF outputs produced as part of the project. This work will be done in conjunction with the project manager, the group of researchers involved in it (CRC, LACy, Météo France) and the study engineer in scientific calculation of the laboratory. He (She) will also carry out statistical processing and analysis on the model outputs (validation…).​

- Reporting
His (Her) tasks include the regular writing and editing of technical reports and scientific paper for all the partners of the project.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidates must have a PhD in atmospheric sciences or a closely related field (or a master degree with WRF and publication experiences) with the following skills/experience:

• strong background in atmospheric/earth/climate sciences. Knowledge on renewable energy (solar, wind) and / or the climate of the Southwest Indian Ocean is an advantage.
• recent and relevant high-quality publications in international journals
• experience in global/regional climate modelling (e.g., WRF)
• experience in Linux/UNIX environment
• competency in programming (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB), and the ability to cope with large amounts of data (observations / simulations)
• advanced communication skills in oral and written English.

and he (she) should be able to:
• provide the required technical solutions
• work in autonomy and be highly adaptable to change
• have good teamwork and communications skills.

Starting time:
The anticipated start date will be the 1st of Oct 2022. It will be an advantage if the candidate is already authorized to enter and work in Reunion.

Job location:
Reunion Island, France

Document requirements to apply this position:
* Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
* Statement of Research
* Publication list
Please include the following information in your application :
* if you're already authorized to enter and work in Reunion
* the earliest starting time

please send your application to Dr. TANG by email:

24:00 of 20th Sep. 2022.