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[Met-jobs] Ph.D. postion in polar meteorology/ stable isotope modelling at University of Innsbruck, Austria

From Elisabeth Schlosser <>
Date Wed, 04 Jul 2012 23:15:23 +0200

Ph.D. Position: Polar meteorology/ stable oxygen isotope modeling

The polar meteorology group of the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (IMGI) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, is looking for a Ph.D. student to fill a 3-year position in the field of polar meteorology and stable oxygen isotope modeling.

The position is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) through the research project ?Precipitation mechanisms at Antarctic deep drilling sites?. The project aims at a better understanding of precipitation mechanisms and moisture transport in the dry interior of the Antarctic continent. The precipitation study will be combined with an investigation of stable oxygen isotopes of fresh snow samples from the deep drilling site Dome C. Especially the only recently measurable delta 17-O is poorly understood so far and will be studied using the fresh snow samples in a stable isotope model. Overall goal is a better understanding of the stable isotope-air temperature relationship that is used in ice core studies of paleoclimate.

The successful candidate will conduct simulations with the stable isotope model MCIM (Mixed Cloud Isotope Model), which was developed at LSCE, combined with trajectory calculations and a study of the synoptic situations during precipitation carried out by the PI. The position is initially for one year with extension to three years after positive evaluation.

The research is carried out in close cooperation with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l?Environnement (LSCE), Gif-sur-Yvette, France, and the University of Triest, Italy.

Qualifications: Master's degree (or equivalent) in meteorology/atmospheric science or CLOSELY related field. Excellent knowledge of synoptic/dynamic meteorology, experience in an advanced computer language (e.g. Fortran) and Matlab as well as Shell Script; good communication/writing skills; basic knowledge of cloud physics would be desirable.

Enquiries and applications including a short statement of motivation, CV, certificates, Master's thesis abstract, list of publications (if any) and contact information for two professional referees should be sent electronically (pdf file) to the project PI:

Dr. Elisabeth Schlosser
Inst. of Meteorology and Geophysics
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck

Closing date: until filled. The position will start in fall (oct. plus/minus 1 month) 2012.
For further information about the PI and IMGI see http;// or

The University of Innsbruck aims at increasing the proportion of women at all levels of employment; therefore applications by qualified women are especially encouraged.

Dr. Elisabeth Schlosser
Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics
University of Innsbruck
Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck
phone: +43 512 507 5481
fax:   +43 512 507 2924

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