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Research Engineer position in Climate modeling - Benguerir

Environnement (métiers de l') - Secteur Enseignement / Formation

  • De 3 à 5 ans
  • 1 poste(s) sur Autres régions - Maroc
  • Bac +5 et plus

Recherche de nouveauté Implication au travail Respect des règles Ténacité

  • CDI
  • Télétravail : Non renseigné
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Entreprise :

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is an institution dedicated to research and innovation in Africa and aims to position itself among world-renowned universities in its fields

The University is engaged in economic and human development and puts research and innovation at the forefront of African development. A mechanism that enables it to consolidate Morocco's frontline position in these fields, in a unique partnership-based approach and boosting skills training relevant for the future of Africa.

Located in the municipality of Benguerir, in the very heart of the Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aspires to leave its mark nationally, continentally, and globally.

Poste :

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

International Water Research Institute (IWRI)


Position Announcement


Job Title: Research Engineer position in Climate modeling


Area of specialization in IWRI Research and Education: Climate modeling and water cycle variability and change in (North-)Africa



Job description:

The International Water Research Institute (IWRI) at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) invites applications for Research Engineer position specialized in Climate Modeling. The Maghreb is currently facing strong pressures on water resources due to demographic growth and intensification of agricultural activities, but also, and even more importantly, owing to climate change. The adaptation strategies, regarding the use of water resources and the infrastructure policies that shall be decided, depend strongly on our understanding of the physical processes that govern the water cycle in this region and on our ability to predict the evolution of the north-African climate in the coming decades. Within this context, IWRI-UM6P in partnership with Ecole Polytechnique (the X, France), is implementing a climate modeling project with the objective of developing a “North African” configuration of the coupled atmosphere (LMDZ) and land-surface (ORCHIDEE) components (Hourdin et al., 2020, Cheruy et al. 2020) of the IPSL-Climate Model (Boucher et al. 2020) to improve capturing the characteristics of the regional climate in this part of Africa.


The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development and implementation of a refined (zoomed) grid of the model over Morocco and North-Africa (e.g Coindreau et al., 2007, Cheruy et al., 2014, Diallo et al., 2017). This, including the verification and validation of model components features and carrying out model experiments in different HPCs clusters as well as supporting other team members in related technical and numerical tasks.


The successful candidate will have experience in numerical weather and/or climate modeling, very good programming skills in parallel programming models and high-level computer languages as well as a very good experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting. A good knowledge of climate dynamics, Moroccan and north African climate is an asset.


The job is part of a collaboration between UM6P (IWRI) and the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (CNRS) of Ecole Polytechnique in France and requires from the candidate good skills to work within multi-institutional cooperation projects.



Key duties:

Successful candidate is expected to:

  • Carry out the necessary tests to verify and validate the features of the model components.
  • Prepare and run model experiments in different HPCs clusters.
  • Provide support to other researchers and engineers to help solving model related technical problems.
  • Develop test and analysis tools
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and scientists in the UM6P-IWRI and partner institutions including Ecole Polytechnique to ensure adequate achievements.
  • Contribute to scientific publishing activities in international journals.

Profil recherché :

Criteria/skills of the candidate:   

  • Engineer (or equivalent) in weather and/or climate science, high performance computing science, physics or related discipline.
  • Good knowledge and experience in numerical weather and/or climate modeling.
  • Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (especially FORTRAN and C/C++) and experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and scripting languages (bash, Python).
  • Experience in HPC architecture and parallel programming.
  • Knowledge of model climate data formats (GRIB, NetCDF).
  • Computer programming experience related to solving scientific computing problems.
  • Good knowledge in model evaluation methods and tools.
  • Good knowledge of Moroccan and north African climate is highly appreciated.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and writing are important. Fluency in French and English are required.
  • Ability to travel for missions of several months (up to 6 month per year) outside Morocco (e.g. in France).


Adresse :

Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid, Ben Guerir 43150

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