Postdoc, abrupt climate transitions in the past - Paris, France

A postdoc position is available studying "Abrupt climate transitions in the past" at the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France.


The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project "Tipping Points of the Earth System" (TiPES), and will develop the methodology of bifurcation theory and its applications to climate change on several time scales within the TiPES framework.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820970.

The TiPES Project

Several sub-systems of the Earth may respond abruptly at critical future levels of anthropogenic forcing, which have been associated with tipping points (TPs). It is paramount to identify safe operating spaces in terms of these critical forcing levels, in order to prevent harmful transitions to alternative, undesirable states of the Earth and its subsystems.

The mechanisms leading to abrupt climate transitions are only partly understood, and reliable warning signals for forthcoming transitions are urgently needed. TiPES addresses these questions in a joint effort of 18 European institutions, combining paleoclimatology, time series analysis, Earth system modeling of past and future climates, applied mathematics and dynamical system theory, as well as decision theory.

Expected qualifications

- PhD in physics, applied mathematics, climate sciences, geosciences or a related field.
- Experience in paleoclimatology and time series analysis is required.
- Basic knowledge of continental paleoclimatology is an asset.
- Excellent skills in programing and numerical &/or statistical analysis of simulated and observed data.


The successful candidate will be part of work package WP1 of the TiPES project, which focusses on the synthesis and synchronization of paleoclimate records that include abrupt transitions. Specifically, the candidate will be expected to lead to a better understanding of the most recent glacial period, which is characterized by the occurrence of Dansgaard-Oeschger events, as well as of the longer time interval covered by loess records of aeolian deposits worldwide.

A crucial contribution will consist in the synchronization of various paleo records to determine the temporal succession of transitions at different locations, in order to test different hypotheses of underlying mechanisms.

Conditions of employment

Starting date and duration: 1 September 2019, for a two-year contract. Salary: To be agreed upon in accordance with ENS rules and regulations.

The selection will be exclusively based on the candidate's qualifications without regard to gender, religion, and origin. Disabled applicants with comparable qualifications will be given preference.


Applications close 28 June 2019.

Please send a cover letter, detailed CV and list of publications, two or more confidential letters of evaluation and a Master and PhD diplomas in a single PDF to Denis-Didier Rousseau: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

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