Postdoctoral Res. Assistant, climate sciences - Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, seeks a postdoctoral research assistant in climate sciences.


The role would start 1 September 2019. The position is funded for three years, and can be filled on a part-time basis.


The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project "Tipping Points of the Earth System" (TiPES), and will work on the assessment of the impact of uncertainties associated with tipping point on decision making.

The Climate pole of the Earth and Life Institute at the Université de Louvain (UCLouvain) addresses scientific questions in the Earth system dynamics, climate modelling, and and human-environment interactions.

In the framework of the EU-funded H2020 project TiPES, the Earth and Life Institute at UCLouvain seeks to recruit a scientist with a background in climate science who is willing to engage in a multidisciplinary project involving decision theory and computer science.

The TiPES project

Several subsystems of the Earth may respond abruptly at critical future levels of anthropogenic forcing. The TiPES project seeks to formalise how to identify safe operating spaces in terms of these critical forcing levels, in order to prevent transitions to alternative, undesirable states of the Earth and its subsystems. The mechanisms associated with 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 modelling of past and future climates, applied mathematics and dynamical system theory, as well as decision theory.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will be part of work package WP6 "Understand and communicate the impacts of tipping point uncertainties on accountable policies" of the TiPES project. The main responsibility will be to formalise optimal decision problems, combining information about future climate dynamics, the probability of crossing so-called tipping points, the presence of early-warning signals, and assuming a mechanism of policy decision under uncertainty.

The work will be carried out under the direct supervision of Michel Crucifix (climate science and dynamical system theory) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in close collaboration with Nicola Botta (engineering, computer science), at the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for the publication of scientific results and participation at project workshops and international conferences. Ideal candidates have a good background in climate dynamics, dynamical systems theory, and open stance towards decision theory and functional programming languages.


The deadline to apply is 17 July 2019 at 21:00 Brussels time.

Details on requirements and how to apply are here:

Further information

Queries can be directed to Michel Crucifix: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.