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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:08:21 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Dear colleagues!

The Institute of Meteorology from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
invites applications to the open position of a PhD student, in the area
of evaluation and handling model uncertainties.

Dept. of Earth Sciences  - Institute of Meteorology
PhD Position (part time - 50%)
Current funding is available for three years (01.09.2012 – 31.08.2015)
Salary according to the german civil service E13 TV-L (~1500 Euro pre-tax)

MiKlip (<>) is a major program funded by BMBF for
conducting research on decadal climate prediction. Different modules on
initial conditions/initialisation (A), processes and modelling (B),
regionalisation (C), synthesis (D) and validation (E) cooperate in
developing a model system for forecasting the near future of both
natural variability and anthropogenic climate change. The following
position is open at Freie Universität Berlin:

Job description:
As part of MiKlip module D, an integrated data and application system
for standardised evaluation of model simulations will be developed. This
work means applying and optimising the evaluation system. The focus will
be on the exploration and documentation of uncertainties related to the
choice of different observation based evaluation datasets, the
assessment of the robustness of the employed metrics used for
standardised evaluation and the improved representation of the
uncertainties for selected probabilistic forecast products. The position
is suited for preparing a PhD thesis.

Conditions of Employment:
Master or equivalent in the field of natural or engineering sciences,
mathematics or computer sciences.

+ Experience in the evaluation of global and regional climate models  +
Experience in the field of ensemble forecasting, seasonal to decadal
+ Good knowledge of statistical methods in climate modelling
+ Ability to conduct scientific work independently as well as to work in a
team and the willingness to travel
+ Computing skills: Web based communication tools, Linux, experience with
programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C/C++), statistical software &
graphics programs (e.g. Matlab, R, etc.)
+ Fluency in English, good knowledge of German is advantageous

Applications including all relevant documents and quoting the mentioned
application code 24032600/2012/MikInt01 should be submitted by August,
20th 2012 to <> or mail to

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Institut f. Meteorologie
Herrn Prof. Dr. Ulrich Cubasch
Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
12165 Berlin

Feel welcome to circulate the advertisement among potential candidates and

Best regards,
Christopher Kadow

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