March 2012
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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at the University of Bern (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:05:45 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The division of Climate and Environmental Physics in collaboration with
the Space Research and Planetary Sciences, Physics Institute, University
of Bern, Switzerland, opens a position for a PhD student in Atmospheric
Modeling of Habitable Planets.

In the framework of the newly founded Center for Space and Habitability
(CSH) the candidate will explore parameter space in planetary parameters
(size, rotation rate, orbital elements). The basic tool of research is
the Community Earth System Model (CESM) provided by the National Center
for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and a model of intermediate complexity
(PlanetSimulator, developed by the Meteorological Institute of the
University of Hamburg). The candidate will primarily work with the
atmospheric component of CESM.

- Adapt the atmospheric component of CESM to be applicable for different
planet configurations, e.g., size, orbital parameters, surface
properties, and gas content of the planetary atmosphere.

- Use PlanetSimulator to extensively explore parameter space in
planetary parameters (size, rotation rate, orbital elements).

- Perform sensitivity experiments with CESM with respect to specific
planetary parameters

-Analysis of the atmospheric circulation, eddies, and weather statistics.

- Diploma or Master degree in physics, meteorology, or environmental

- Computer skills in some of FORTRAN, MATLAB, R/S-Plus, NCL, and
shell-programming on Unix or Linux platforms.

- Good language skills in English (written and spoken).

- Strong motivation and ability to carry out research in an
interdisciplinary environment.

- Strong reporting skills.

- Knowledge in climate modeling with CESM or PUMA II/PlanetSimulator is
an advantage.

Project location and start:
Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of
Bern, Switzerland.

The project will start on 1st June 2012 or negotiable.

The position will be funded for three years. The employment and salary
is subject to the conditions of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The application documents contain your Curriculum Vitae, copies of your
Diploma/Master marks/certificate and thesis, as well as a statement of
interest (1 page). Please attach two names of referees (including their
addresses and emails). Applications are considered as they are received.

Please send your detailed application to:
Prof. Thomas Stocker
Physics Institute
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
3012 Bern


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