Call for Postdoctoral fellow to work in the emerging field of extreme event attribution

Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2)
Santiago, Chile
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The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2, is a centre of excellence created in 2013 with funding from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). CR2 is the point of convergence of researchers across disciplines jointly addressing the understanding of the Earth System in a changing climate and contribute to the evaluation and design of mitigation and adaptation measures in order to strengthen climate resilience in Chile.

CR2 is involved in an interdisciplinary research project seeking to assess the main drivers, impacts, responses and trends of short-term, meteorological extreme events under climate change and variability in central and south-central Chile. Chiefly among these events are heat waves (leading to major forest fires) and extreme winter storms (leading to urban and rural flooding). As part of this project, CR2 is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow to work in the emerging field of extreme event attribution. The goal is to design, carry out and diagnose event attribution experiments with the weather@home modelling system, developed by the University of Oxford ( As this project is a collaboration with the University of Oxford, the selected candidate will spend a couple of weeks at Oxford to learn how to setup and run the experiments.

In addition, this postdoc may spend a 1/4 of its time fulfilling duties as Chapter Scientist for Chapter 1 (Context and Framing) for the forthcoming Working Group 1 contribution to the IPCCs 6 Assessment Report (see separate document for term of reference for those duties).

Assessment criteria: 

The candidate must have strong research interests with demonstrable expertise in the development of and experimentation with general circulation models and very good programming skills in high level languages. Applicants may come from a range of backgrounds including, geo sciences, engineering, physics and mathematics. Additional factors that will favourably influence selection include:

  • Interest and ability to work in a research team with a range of scientific disciplines.
  • Capability to interact with the international science community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills preferably in English.
  • Experience of publishing in scientific journals is also important.

Terms of employment: The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years. In addition, there is the possibility to spent 1/4 of the time as Chapter Scientist for Chapter 1 of the forthcoming IPCC 6th Assessment Report (see separate document).

The position will be held at the Geophysics Department of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile (

The salary will be 1,750,000 Chilean pesos (approximately 2600 USD per month). Interested applicants should send their CV, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and research plan, by April14th 2019, 23 pm Chilean local time. We expect to communicate the decision by May 2018 and the selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible or as per agreement.