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[Met-jobs] MPI-M 2011-09 PhD

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Wed, 9 Mar 2011 09:56:13 +0100

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), a multidisciplinary centre
for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany, invites
applications for the following positions:

2 PhD (m/f) in Atmospheric Sciences (2011-09)

The applicants will be part of the newly founded Hans Ertel Research Group
Clouds and Convection in the Department The Atmosphere in the Earth System.
Our group studies the behaviour of clouds, convection, boundary layer and
microphysical proc-esses holistically with the goal of improving the
representation of these processes in atmospheric models. Our group is also
affiliated to the Hans Ertel Zentrum for Weather Research, a network between
German research institutions and the German Weather Service (DWD) and thus
works in closed collaboration with DWD. One PhD project is offered on cloud
structures during regime transitions. The project involves conducting
large-eddy simulations of transition cases (e.g., from stratocumulus to
shallow cumu-lus) to help identify regime limitations of process
parameterizations and scaling laws. The second PhD project focuses on the
development of a stochastic boundary layer scheme to account for sub-grid
variability in numerical weather prediction models. 

We are looking for two highly motivated individuals with M.Sc. or diploma in
Geo-sciences, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences, Physics or a related
field. Experi-ence, or a strong interest in atmospheric sciences and modeling
is of advantage. Good programming skills (FORTRAN on Unix platforms) are
desirable, since the applicants will use facilities of the high performance
computing centre. The working language is English. The MPI-M expects doctoral
students to participate in the International Max Planck Research School on
Earth System Modeling and thus to fulfil its requirements.

The positions are offered for three years, starting 1st September 2011 or
soon thereaf-ter. Payment will be in accordance with German public service
positions including ex-tensive social security plans. The conditions of
employment follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of
Sciences and those of the German civil service.

For further information on the positions, please contact Dr. Cathy Hohenegger
( and visit
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of
female sci-entists and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with
comparable qualifi-cations receive preferential status. 

All applications (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of
scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of at least two
referees) received before 11th of April 2011 will have full consideration.
The positions will remain open until filled. Applications should be sent via
E-Mail to (max. 2 MB pdf-attachment) or by post to: 

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Administration (2011-09)
Bundesstrasse 53
D-20146 Hamburg, Germany         

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