PhD studentship on the future use of MTG Lightning Imager (LI) observations in NWP

There is an exciting opportunity for a fully-funded full-time PhD studentship for three years within the French National Centre for Meteorological Research (CNRM, and Laboratoire d’Aérologie (LA, in Toulouse (France) on the preparation for the use of MTG LI observations in short-term numerical weather prediction. The project is motivated by the need to improve the prediction of atmospheric deep convection (thunderstorms) and by the forthcoming availability of space-based geostationary lightning observations.

The studentship is funded by the French Space Agency (CNES) and the French National Weather Service (Météo-France). It offers the opportunity to perform world-leading, interdisciplinary research in the fields of mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric electricity and data assimilation, as well as to participate in a field campaign with airborne operations (autumn 2018 in Corsica). A full description of the PhD project is available here:

Applications are invited from domestic and international high-quality graduates able to start their PhD studies in October 2017. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in atmospheric physics, with a particular interest in severe weather. The candidate should be self-motivated, with strong research potential, good programming skills, and good oral and written communication skills.

The applications including a detailed resume, an academic transcript, a letter of reference from the M2 supervisor/engineering school, and the names of two references, must be sent to Dr Olivier Caumont (olivier.caumont[at] and Dr Éric Defer (eric.defer[at] by March 12, 2017.


publié le 07/03/2017

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