Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



APECS and the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (PCPI) are looking for six early career researchers to be included in their leadership structure (one in each of their six themes).

The PCPI is an initiative of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), whose goal is to improve the understanding of the predictability of climate and the effect of human activities on climate. The PCPI has a focus on polar regions and their role in the global climate system and aims to improve predictability of the climate system on all time scales by improving our understanding of the underlying physical mechanisms and their representation in climate models. The PCPI includes 6 themes:

  1. Improve knowledge and understanding of past polar climate variations (100+years)
  2. Assess reanalyses in polar regions
  3. Improve understanding of polar predictability on seasonal to decadal timescales
  4. Assessing model performance in the polar regions
  5. Model error
  6. Improve understanding of how jets and non-zonal circulation couple to the rest of the system in the Southern Hemisphere

You can see a more detailed description of each theme here. Each of the themes is led by two senior researchers, and we will be adding one early career researcher for each of the six themes. The early career researcher will then work in close cooperation with the two senior researchers on the development of the themes.

The position advertised will last for a 2 – 3 year term. These are volunteer positions with no associated direct funding. However, if e.g. a workshop is organized, PCPI tries to fund attendance of early career scientists and the selected early career researchers for each of the themes will be considered first for available funding.

There will be a meeting of the participants in the PCPI themes at the Polar2018 conference in Davos and those selected early career researchers, who are attending the conference are welcome to join this meeting. More information will be sent to the selected early career researchers before the conference. You can also apply for this opportunity if you are not attending the POLAR2018 conference.

Who can apply?

  • early career researchers (which is for this opportunity within 10 years of the PhD!) with an already completed PhD
  • Research background that fits at least one of the themes of the PCPI

How to apply?
To apply please send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be starting to review applications on 9 June 2018, so please apply before that.

  • Your CV
  • The theme(s) you would like to join
  • A Statement of Interest letter detailing
    • Your research background
    • Your motivation in joining the PCPI and theme(s) you selected
    • Your thoughts on how you can contribute to your preferred theme(s) and how this would benefit your career

The APECS International Directorate Office will only share your application data with the selected group of reviewers deciding on the applications and with the leadership and theme chairs of the PCPI. The data will not be shared with any other third party.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A45
14473 Potsdam
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