Four-year PhD grant (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Within the APPLICATE EU project, the Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research ( and Life Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is seeking a PhD student for ~4 years.

APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change) is a 4-year project, expected to be funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program, and coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven (16 partners), that aims at advancing our ability to model and predict the Arctic climate system along with its impacts on the weather and climate in lower latitudes.

The successful candidate will contribute to improve the Louvain-la-Neuve sea ice model (LIM; ), which is part of the Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO; platform, by incorporating in this model subgrid-scale snow thickness and ice floe size distributions together with a comprehensive representation of lateral ice melting. He/she will also assess the impact of these changes on the ability of the EC-Earth general circulation model (, which includes NEMO-LIM, to predict the Arctic weather and climate on short timescales (one month to one year).

More information can be found here.