CDD 2-year

Postdoctoral Fellow – Internal and Forced Climate Variability

Durée 2 years
Laboratoire hôte To be determined in the application (LATMOS, LMD, LOCEAN, LSCE, but other laboratory from IPSL are possible)
Grade/Niveau phD
Début du contrat June 2024
Rémunération Salary (including health insurance) is commensurate with experience (CNRS scale)
Date limite de candidature 29/04/2024


Institution: Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL)

IPSL ( is a research federation comprising 8 laboratories and 2 associated teams in the Paris region, with approximately 1400 staff. Our primary objectives include coordinating research and training, developing innovative programs, and delivering societal services in climate sciences.

EUR IPSL-CGS Program (Ecole Universitaire de recherche IPSL Climate Graduate School)

The EUR IPSL-CGS is a major research and training 10-yr program organized around 8 research topics, complemented by transversal activities. The research and training cover all time scales, modes of variability, spatial resolutions, and components of the environmental system. Our research extends from atmospheric circulation to marine and terrestrial biogeochemistry, incorporating dynamics, climate change, and the set-up of climate services.

Research Focus – Internal and Forced Climate Variability

One of IPSL’s 8 major research topics concentrates on understanding internal and forced climate variability from diurnal to multi-centennial scales. The expertise of the research topic spans investigations into various climate phenomena, such as the Madden-Julian oscillation, monsoon pulses, El Niño Southern Oscillation, the stratospheric circulation and quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), the Atlantic multidecadal variability and more. The research explores both internally-driven modes of variability of the climate system and the effect of external forcings, e.g. from volcanoes, fires, and anthropogenic emissions. The research at IPSL is at the forefront regarding the understanding key processes associated with variability (turbulence and its interaction with the large scale flow, air-sea interactions, diabatic processed linked to clouds and aerosols, etc).

Supported research Areas include

  1. understanding the climate variability and/or its link with urban climate and the hydrological cycle,
  2. application of machine learning algorithms to understand climate processes and quantify their impacts,
  3. improving the understanding of processes through innovative instrumentation and/or the production or exploitation of observational data (from field campaigns, observation programmes),
  4. understanding and improving the representation of variability and processes in the IPSL climate model,
  5. tipping points in the climate system,
  6. geoengineering,
  7. multi-disciplinary approaches.


The fellowhip

The IPSL Science Theme 2 “Internal and forced variability” welcomes applications for 2-year postdoctoral fellowship, starting from May 2024 to September 2024.

The fellowship will cover salary (CNRS salary scale) as well as up to 7,000 Euros/year for expenses related to the proposed project (including master internship supervision).

Candidates are expected to propose a research project fostering synergies among IPSL labs. Projects should identify their potential for shifting paradigms and/or for opening new opportunities with respect to current IPSL research. They should be supported by at least two researchers from two different IPSL  labs.

These IPSL researchers will help the applicant in preparing the project and will play an important role during the selection procedure. The candidate, together with the supporting IPSL researchers, should describe the benefits for the IPSL community and research. Potential candidates are invited to contact IPSL and engage in discussions with IPSL researchers as soon as possible for constructing a successful project.

In order to facilitate this process, interested candidates are warmly invited to request an invitation to give a seminar, either in combination with a visit at IPSL or by videoconferencing.


  • a PhD in a discipline related to climate sciences
  • 1-4 years postdoctoral experience

Duration and salary

The appointment is for 2 years. Salary (including health insurance) is commensurate with experience (CNRS scale). Expenses related to the projet will be covered up to 7,000€/year.


The format of the application is free. A document of about 10 pages is suggested, with the following structure:

  • Project summary
  • State-of-the-art
  • Main question addressed
  • Detailed description
  • Expected outcomes
  • 2-year work plan
  • Interactions at IPSL
  • Expected benefits for IPSL and for the candidate (including long-term career plans)

Contact for applications

Applications should include a CV, a project summary (cf. section « Applications ») and the supporting letters of at least two researchers from different IPSL affiliated labs. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Guillaume Gastineau () and Aurélien Podglajen ().


This fellowship is supported by the French state aid managed by the ANR under the « Investissements d’avenir » programme with the reference ANR-11-IDEX-0004 – 17-EURE-0006.

Compétences requises


  • a PhD in a discipline related to climate sciences
  • 1-4 years postdoctoral experience