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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in Satellite Climatology at MeteoSwiss

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MeteoSwiss, the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, is by 
Federal mandate the national provider of weather and climate services in 
Switzerland. It provides services to private and commercial users, research and 
the public sector. Its Climate Analysis Team is dealing with the statistical 
analysis of climatological observations and modelling data. Within the 
framework of the international projects Climate Monitoring - Satellite 
Application Facility (CM SAF) of EUMETSAT and the Climate Change Initiative 
(CCI) of ESA, MeteoSwiss currently has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Satellite Climatology

This post involves the development, validation and analysis of climate data 
sets derived from satellites spanning several generations. The thematic focus 
of this position is on cloud physical properties and on radiative land surface 
temperature. The duties include the development of advanced retrieval 
algorithms for Meteosat First and Second Generation satellite data using 
radiative transfer modelling, the validation of satellite products with high 
quality ground observations and the quantification of uncertainties, in 
particular over the complex terrain such as the Alps. You will publish your 
work in scientific journals and reports and present the findings at project 
meetings, national and international conferences.

Alongside being a proactive team player, the applicant should also have a 
university degree in natural sciences and have completed a dissertation in the 
field of meteorology, climatology or physics. Ideally, the candidate should be 
experienced in satellite climatology, radiation and cloud processes and Alpine 
climatology. The candidate must be familiar with UNIX, handling large and 
complex data sets and be able to program in several languages (such as Fortran, 
C, IDL and R). The applicant should enjoy converting scientific findings into 
experimental products and fostering their application in the context of climate 
services. The successful candidate will be expected to possess good verbal and 
written communication skills both in English and German.

We are seeking a motivated and communicative person, in return for which we 
offer a diverse and interesting post in an ambitious enterprise and a 
multifaceted and fascinating environment at the interface between research and 
application, as well as leading-edge tools and opportunities for continuous 
professional development.

This post is limited to two years and is based in Zurich.

Please submit your application no later than 17 September 2012 to the federal 
online portal (Interface in German).

For further technical details regarding this post, please contact Dr. R. 
Stöckli, +41 (0)44 256 92 73 or Dr. M. Liniger, +41 (0)44 256 93 27

Information on our current contribution to the CM SAF project can be found at > Research > Current Projects > CM SAF

Mark Liniger Kerland
Head Climate Analysis

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss
Climate Division

Kraehbuehlstrasse 58
Postfach 514
CH-8044 Zuerich

Tel:          +41 44 256 91 11
Tel (direct): +41 44 256 93 27
Tel (mobile): +41 79 875 14 75
Fax:          +41 44 256 92 78
mailto:mark.liniger  [at]

Please note that I don't work on Wednesdays.

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