FTC Scientist / CDD Scientifique

Contribution to the definition of user requirements for ocean information within the framework of the ObsSea4Clim project and the Global Ocean Observing System

Durée 3-year fixed-term contract
Laboratoire hôte Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique – IPSL
Grade/Niveau Scientific officer
Début du contrat After agreement (approximately October 1st, 2024)
Rémunération N/A
Date limite de candidature 25/07/2024


Area of expertise

Physical oceanography, in-situ observations, climate change


The Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory is looking for a young research project officer in oceanography, as part of a European-funded project, ObsSea4Clim (https://obssea4clim.eu).

The aim of this project is to provide an improved framework for national contributions to European ocean observations of Essential Ocean Variables/Essential Climate Variables (EOV/ECVs). This will be based on regional and global climate assessments, projections and indicators that can be used for sustainable development.

The successful candidate will play a central role between the project and the Ocean Observation for Physics and Climate panel of experts (OOPC – https://gcos.wmo.int/en/oceanobservations-physics-and-climate-panel), a body co-sponsored by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS: https://goosocean.org/?option=com_content&view=article&id=286&Itemid=422), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS: https://gcos.wmo.int) and the World Climate Research Program (WCRP: https://www.wcrp-climate.org), which is responsible for two ocean application areas as part of the Rolling Review of Requirements (RRR: https://community.wmo.int/en/rolling-review-requirements-process-2023-version) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO: https://community.wmo.int/en).

The objective of the RRR process is to provide a systematic and transparent process to support the design and evolution of WMO’s integrated global observing system. The RRR process gathers information on observing needs, observing system capabilities and cost-effectiveness, and draws on experts and impact studies to provide guidance on the most important priorities for bridging the gaps between needs and capabilities.

User requirements for observing oceanographic variables in support of activities in WMO’s application areas are collected in a comprehensive, systematic, technology-free and quantitative way in WMO’s Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review (OSCAR) database.


Under the responsibility of

Prof. Sabrina Speich (, https://www.lmd.ens.fr/speich/)
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique – IPSL
École normale supérieure – PSL
45 rue d’Ulm
75231 Paris Cedex 05, France


Main activities

The incumbent will contribute to the definition of requirements within the ObsSea4Clim project, for six ocean climate application areas (sea ice, ocean currents and mass transport, ocean stratification, sea level, ocean warming and marine heat waves, and ocean mesoscale dynamics). In this process, he/she will liaise with the OOPC to ensure that he/she follows the WMO RRR guidelines which seek potential synergies between the ObsSea4Clim application areas and the two oceanic application areas currently established by WMO (3.1 and 3.3 in the RRR – Earth System Application Categories and Application Areas – WMO). Travel to WMO headquarters in Geneva may be required.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof Sabrina Speich:


Submit your application by email to

The application should be sent in French or English and contain:

  • A one page cover letter outlining your ambitions for the outlined position and relevance
    to the position description must be included.
  • ID
  • CV
  • Copy of diplomas

Applications must be received by: 2024-07-25

Additional information
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Compétences requises

Expected competences

Degree: Master’s degree or equivalent in oceanography, meteorology, climatology or related physical sciences. A PhD would be an advantage. Professional experience: Experience in the use of, or in the planning, management and coordination of ocean observation activities, preferably at international level, would be an asset.


Understanding of ocean observing systems and climate-related communities. Proven ability to write documents and reports. Good analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Sound judgment, initiative and creativity. Good knowledge of English (oral and written) is desirable.

Technical skills

Under the supervision of the Scientific Manager of this component of the project, the incumbent
will perform the following tasks:

  1. Assume primary responsibility for managing the RRR process within the ObsSea4Clim project, including the preparation of meetings, workshops and the drafting of supporting documents and reports of meetings and workshops;
  2. Liaise, transmit project contributions and organize action co-construction meetings with the GOOS (Paris) and GCOS (Geneva) secretariats.
  3. Play an active role in facilitating the integration of ObsSea4Clim project work into GOOS and GCOS work streams.

Organizational skills

Ability to plan, organize and manage work with minimum supervision. Ability to work in a
multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

The working environment

The École normale supérieure (ENS: https://www.ens.psl.eu/en) is home to 800 researchers and lecturers, 300 post-doctoral researchers and 600 doctoral students. It hosts 32 research units in the humanities and sciences, covering a very broad scientific field at the highest international level. As part of the Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, the Ecole normale supérieure promotes fundamental research that expands the frontiers of knowledge while facilitating and encouraging its exploitation. Its research is structured in a dynamic way to anticipate and support the latest developments in the most advanced fields of science and to promote multidisciplinary initiatives.

Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the Ecole normale supérieure contributes to a better future. The Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD: https://www.lmd.ipsl.fr/en/home-2/) studies climate, planetary atmospheres and the ocean by combining theoretical approaches, instrumental developments for observation and numerical modelling. It is at the forefront of research on the dynamic, physical and biogeochemical processes enabling the study of the evolution and forecasting of ocean, meteorological and climatic phenomena. The LMD is clearly positioned both on fundamental research on the processes, dynamics and biogeochemistry of the ocean, atmosphere and climate, and on finalized research, particularly on questions relating to the anticipation of global warming and its consequences.

The LMD has an interdisciplinary width that includes marine biology, marine chemistry, oceanography, and experts on the dynamics and physics of the atmosphere. Our scientists and students often have prominent roles in international project, from Antarctica, Arctic, and the great world seas, atmosphere and climate.