Data Preparation co-leads application call

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Fresh Eyes on CMIP

Researchers, scientists, and practitioners early in their career provide a unique insight into climate science and have the potential to offer a fresh perspective on CMIP. ECRs* regularly undertake the, often time consuming, tasks of generating, downloading, processing, and analysing data from CMIP and have a unique, working insight into the successes and flaws of CMIP phases and infrastructure. Fresh Eyes on CMIP is a new working group comprised of ~160 scientists, researchers, and practitioners in the early stages of their careers that sits alongside the CMIP7 task teams.

The Fresh Eyes on CMIP group is made up of a steering group, with regional representatives from across all continents (excluding Antarctica) and seven different subgroups:

  1. Infrastructure and technical subgroup
  2. Data access subgroup
  3. Data analysis subgroup
  4. Data preparation subgroup
  5. Documentation subgroup
  6. Forcings subgroup
  7. Model evaluation subgroup

*ECR definition

Early career researchers (ECRs) are master and PhD students, researchers, and practitioners in the early stages of their career. Typical definitions of ECRs suggest this period is within seven years of obtaining their highest degree (excluding career breaks). We will not impose this strict time definition but include it for reference. Application is open to all scientists, researchers and practitioners in the early stages of their career.  Practitioners are those working at the interface of society, policy, practice, and research.

Objectives and Goals

  1. Directly integrate the voice of ECRs into CMIP.
  2. Provide invaluable insight into the generation and access of CMIP data.
  3. Creating opportunities and encouraging participation for ECRs in the CMIP community
  4. Engage ECRs in the broader scientific and research community intersecting academia, NGOs, private sector, and Governmental institutions.
  5. Present proposals to the CMIP Panel and CMIP7 Task Teams
  6. Co-leads of subgroups act as task team liaisons and attend task team meetings to provide their insight.
  7. Work with IPO on identifying avenues for reducing the carbon footprint of CMIP.
  8. Work with IPO on designing dedicated CMIP ECR activities and increasing ECR involvement in wider activities.
  9. Increase collaborations across the CMIP community, especially with those working in the Global South

Data Preparation subgroup

The pipeline from planning model experiments to publishing data on the ESGF contains many complex steps. The Data Preparation subgroup will consider ways to ease the preparation of data prior to publication, including the proposal and design of tools.  This subgroup will liaise with the Data Request Task Team.

We are currently seeking two people to co-lead this subgroup. As a co-lead of this group, you will be responsible for steering the group and for chairing meetings. You will also sit on the wider Fresh Eyes on CMIP Steering Group as a representative of the Data Preparation group, to ensure effective collaboration across the whole Fresh Eyes group.

Desired experience

You may have experience of one or more of the following:

  1. Preparing climate data for upload to ESGF,
  2. Performing bulk post-processing of data ready for use by others,
  3. Familiarity with the CMIP data protocols (“CMORization”), the Climate and Forecast (CF) Conventions, including experience exploiting and extending the CF conventions,
  4. ESGF infrastructure background and knowledge about related CMIP6 infrastructure components like CMIP-CVs, ES-DOC, and Handle Service.

Time commitment

Fresh Eyes on CMIP members are expected to contribute actively with regular attendance at meetings. Meetings are expected to take place regularly, every 2-3 months, and more frequently as required and at the discretion of the co-leads. There may be times when there is more or less work depending on the activities undertaken (e.g., a peak period may be associated with a workshop or paper published by the group). Due to the international nature of the group. Most meetings will be online, with some out-of-hours working required to the challenges of time zone coordination.


As with all CMIP7 task teams and committees, these are not paid roles.

Application details

Please apply for this role by filling in this application form . Deadline for applications is 31st January 2024.

Please contact the CMIP IPO () if you have any questions or require further information.

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