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[Met-jobs] Atmospheric remote sensing and computer science positions within HD(CP)2 at University of Cologne, Germany

From Ulrich Loehnert <>
Date Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:44:35 +0200

The Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology and the Regional Computing Center at the University of Cologne invite applications for

2 Experienced Research Scientists (ER1/ER2)
1 PhD Graduate Research Assistantships (PhD)

within the High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction HD(CP)2 initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. All positions shall begin after October 1st 2012 and have a fixed duration of 36 months. Experienced Research Scientist positions are based on full time TV‐L E13, whereas the PhD position is 65% TV-L E13.

In cooperation with partner institutions throughout Germany, HD(CP)2 seeks up to fifty scientists with expertise spanning a wide range of topics, from meteorology to climate science, from computational fluid dynamics to high performance computing, from remote sensing to data integration and coordination. HD(CP)2 deals with an improved representation of clouds in global models – one of the most profound and pressing issues in all of climate science. Specifically, three major points are (i) to develop the capacity to simulate climate processes using the next generation earth-system model ICON at grid resolutions of hundreds of meters, over large areas such as northwest Europe; (ii) to integrate data from observational sites around northwest Europe for the evaluation of these simulations; (iii) to develop techniques for using the results from these simulations to develop state-of-the-art parameterizations for use in conventional climate models. The major part of the observational HD(CP)2 component is concentrated at the University of Cologne so that the open positions will provide exciting opportunities to work at the interface between state-of-the-art numerical simulations of clouds and convection and their observations.

For ER1, we seek a candidate to develop and implement methods for the derivation of cloud microphysical and thermodynamic properties from ground-based atmospheric observatories and with excellent communication skills to bridge the observational and modeling modules ofHD(CP)2. Individuals preferably with a PhD degree in Meteorology or a related field, interest and expertise in cloud physics and/or atmospheric radiative transfer are sought. Candidates with a track record of accomplishments in satellite or ground-based remote sensing and experience in mathematical inversion techniques are particularly desired.

For ER2, we seek a candidate for development and deployment of a database for the high resolution meteorological observation data provided by HD(CP)2 supersites and a prototype experiment from project partners. The database will be made available to all HD(CP)2 members via a web portal. In addition, stored data has to be visualized using an existing 3D virtual environment. Individuals with a PhD or experienced researchers in computer science or a related field with expertise in database development, web based portals to access & manage database content and long term archiving are preferred. In addition, programming experience in languages such as Fortran90, C++, JAVA and familiarity with Linux or UNIX operating systems is highly desirable.

For PhD, a candidate for the analysis of the inhomogeneity of cloud and water vapor fields by means of ground-based remote sensing is sought. We seek excellent candidates with an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Meteorology, (Atmospheric) Physics, Mathematics, or Geosciences. In addition, programming experience in Fortran90, C, MATLAB and/or IDL and familiarity with UNIX or Linux operating systems is highly desirable.

Fluency in English (spoken and written) is essential for all applicants.

The University of Cologne is a modern university in the heart of Europe. Academic excellence, internationality and widely varied curricula create a vibrant and inspiring environment for students, scientists and scholars. The open positions offer a productive and interdisciplinary working surrounding including comprehensive PhD-supervision in graduate school programs.

Interested candidates should send a complete application package (CV; cover letter describing background, training and research interests; certificates; contact information of two references) as a single PDF until 14th September 2012 to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled. Equal employment opportunity: Selection for these positions will be based solely on merit without regard to gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital or family status or other differences. Among equally qualified candidates, handicapped candidates will be given preference.

Dagmar Janzen
Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie
Kerpener Straße 13
Universität zu Köln
50937 Köln

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Ulrich Löhnert
Institut für Geophysik und Meteorologie
Universität zu Köln     Phone: +49 (0)221 470 1779
Zülpicher Str. 49a      Fax:   +49 (0)221 470 5161
50674 Köln    

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