We are hiring a research engineer in land surface modelling. Based on current knowledge of eco-physiological, biogeochemical and bioclimatic processes, you will have to develop modelling tools to help scientists anticipate the impact of forest management on productivity, water and greenhouse gas balances, microclimates, climate extremes, regional climate and air pollution. This modelling will have to be reasoned for local but also regional and continental applications, by integrating the evolution of the physical environment (climate, pollution) and the risks linked to extreme events (droughts, heat waves, storms, etc.). For this, you will rely on the MuSICA modelling platform developed by ISPA scientists and used by various groups in France and abroad. This tool brings together in a unified code various models developed by lNRAE and CNRS over the past 25 years describing the ecophysiological, biogeochemical and bioclimatic processes within terrestrial ecosystems.

MuSICA is unique in the landscape of land surface models, which explains the growing demand for training, use and new applications of the model by INRAE ​​and non-INRAE ​​teams, including international ones. In response to this increasing demand, your primary mission will be to ensure both technical and scientific support around MuSICA, and to port the tool towards an international and open INRAE ​​e-infrastructure for academics and consultant offices.

More specifically, your mission will consist in: (1) taking charge gradually of the technical maintenance of this code, the associated scripts as well as model training and user support, and porting MuSICA in an INRAE e-Infrastructure; (2) testing and improving the accuracy and speed of algorithms; (3) developing modules to link MuSICA outputs to remote sensing series and; (4) organizing the porting of certain modules for applications at the landscape (MuSICA-ARPS model), continental or planetary (e.g. IPSL or CNRM models) scales, for training (R packages) or towards other INRAE ​​e-infrastructures (e.g. CAPSIS).

By integrating the body of INRAE ​​research engineers, you will join the group of modellers of ISPA, one of the main developers of MuSICA, and its historical developer, as well as several national-scale INRAE  working groups on the modelling of agro-ecosystems, remote sensing and the eco-physiological modelling of forests.

For more information on how to apply, see here.



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