Associate Research Scientist

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rome, Italy

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and located in Trieste (Italy), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers
Under direct supervision of the Earth System Section Head the incumbent is expected to develop, maintain, disseminate, and use advanced computer software for scientific applications, with particular emphasis on the development and continuous upgrade of numerical models applied to climate research, along with related pre/post-processing and analysis tools. Furthermore he/she is expected to actively take part in all activities of the ESP section and also to contribute to all ICTP activities in the field of scientific computing, in particular schools, workshops and conferences organized both at ICTP and abroad, as well as to the ICTP postgraduate programs.
Essential responsibilities include:
  • Developing advanced computing softwares for application to climate modelling and continuously upgrade and optimize the ESP model codes and pre and post processors.
  • Carrying out numerical simulations with the ESP models and analyse the output produced by the ESP research work using advanced analysis tools.
  • Managing large datasets, both from observations and model simulations, produced by the ESP scientific activities.
  • Porting and Optimizing the ESP model codes, when required, to different computing architectures, including computing frameworks in developing countries, and to provide consulting support to the users of the ESP models and datasets.
  • Contributing to the ICTP training activities, including schools, workshops and conferences at ICTP and abroad, in particular when these involve hands-on sessions on the use of the ESP models and datasets.
  • Supervising students, post-docs and visitors in the field of scientific computing and to lecture in the Masters Programme in High-Performance Computing (MHPC).
Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced University degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Physics, Earth System Sciences or other relevant fields.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum two  (2) years of relevant professional research experience in the field of advanced software development for scientific application, with focus on climate modeling.  
  • Experience in teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate or postgraduate students.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively on complex technical and scientific issues in English.
  • Ability to develop and apply advanced scientific software, with emphasis on climate modeling applications.
  • Good analytical skills, ability to collect, synthesize and analyze information from various sources.
Languages :
  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English.