12 PhD Positions for the MSCA ITN CAFE: Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes

12 PhD Positions for the MSCA ITN CAFE

The CAFE: Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes consortium is seeking highly motivated and qualified Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) for 12 open PhD positions.

  • The ultimate goal of the CAFE project is to improve the sub-seasonal predictability of extreme weather events through the interdisciplinary training of 12 ESRs in aspects such as climate science, complex networks and data analysis. Climate extremes such as heat waves, drought, extreme precipitation or cold surges have huge social and economic impacts that are expected to increase with climate change. Forecasting of such extreme events on the sub-seasonal time scale (from 10 days to about 3 months) is very challenging because of the poor understanding of phenomena that may increase predictability at this time scale, such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation, planetary waves and atmospheric blockings. Reliable sub-seasonal climate information is of great importance, allowing for early warnings and adequate mitigation strategies. The World Meteorological Organization World Weather Research Programme and World Climate Research Programme acknowledge the importance of sub-seasonal forecasts by running the Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Project.

The CAFE consortium is formed by ten partners recruiting and hosting researchers:

  • Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Spain.
  • Potsdam Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung, Germany.
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Germany.
  • Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain.
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.
  • Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
  • Météo-France, France.
  • Aria Technologies, France.
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, International Organization (Reading Head Quarters, United Kingdom).

Plus a number of partners collaborating in training at diverse levels, such as:

  • Munich Re, Germany.
  • CEA, France.
  • Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya, Spain.
  • Predictia, Spain.

If you have obtained or are about to obtain a master degree in physics, meteorology, mathematics, statistics, Earth sciences or similar topics, and would like to make a significant contribution to the knowledge of climate, weather and related challenges, CAFE would like to hear from you. We look forward to applicants with excellent analytical skills, dedication and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research combined with openness and curiosity, communication capabilities and willingness to contribute to an inspiring and collaborative community.

Research fields:

  • Climate Science
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Meteorology
  • Non-linear Physics
  • Data Science
  • Complex Systems

Eligibility Criteria

  • Experience: Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers at the time of recruitment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Date of Recruitment means the starting date to feature in the employment contract. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark a doctorate.
  • Mobility: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting partner for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


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