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[Met-jobs] 3 Positions available at the Meteorological Institute, University Bonn (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:23:29 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn is an
internationally renown institute in the field of atmospheric research
and remote sensing.

The University of Bonn, in cooperation with partners throughout Germany,
is proud to announce a new initiative on High Definition Clouds and
Precipitation for Climate Prediction, HD(CP)2. In support of this
initiative, up to fifty scientists are sought, 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 has three components: (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 simulations performed through the HD(CP)2 initiative
are expected to be among the most advanced, and most computationally
demanding, of any simulations performed world-wide, and provide
opportunities to work at the exciting interface between state of the art
high-performance computing and numerical simulations of clouds and
convection, on some of the most profound and pressing questions in all
of climate science.

In support of the HD(CP)2 initiative the University Bonn intends to fill
3 open positions to begin after October 1st 2012:

1. 1 Post-Doc for 3 years, TV-L E13: Based on combined radar and
satellite based 4D composite this subproject aims for an observational
process-oriented and object-based climatological data base for
precipitation systems tracked over their lifetime. The procedures
developed for the observational data base will be implemented as an
online HD(CP)2–model output generator. Thus HD(CP)2 observations and
-model output will lead to a twin precipitation system climatology,
which will be exploited in a physical-statistical comparison to evaluate
the model.

2. 1 Post-Doc for 3 years, TV-L E13: This workpackage contributes to
HD(CP)2 by providing a holistic view of macroscopic and microscopic
developments during the lifecycle of a precipitation system. The 4D
radar composite is inspected for polarimetric fingerprints for
microphysical processes like coalescence, aggregation, evaporation in
order to finalize the macrosopic process-oriented climate reference (see
position 1) with the microphysical precipitation generation process.
This information will be used to assess the accuracy of
parameterisations for precipitation generation in climate models and to
support the research of HD(CP)2 members in advanced parameterization.

3. 1 PhD, 3 years, 1/2 TV-L E13: To derive cloud and precipitation
liquid water content fields a total of four nearly identical cloud radar
systems accompanied by microwave radiometer will be operated in
coordinated scanning and vertically pointing modes. Additionally, a set
of at least 4 sky imagers with strongly overlapping viewing areas will
provide 4D cloud boundary morphology and will serve to interpolate the
physical cloud fields between full radar scans. Statistical and
physically based tools will be developed to interpolate the observations
into the regular grid of the HD(CP)2 model.

The applicants should also have a university degree in natural sciences
and have completed a dissertation (position 1+2) in meteorology,
physics, or related fields. Ideally, the candidates should be
experienced in radiation and cloud processes and remote sensing,
especially in radar meteorology and satellite retrievals (1+2).
We offer a creative and productive working atmosphere, and an
interdisciplinary topic which is carried out in close cooperation with
participating institutions of the HD(CP)2 initiative and the Hans-Ertel
Centre for Weather Research. The envisioned starting date of the HD(CP)2
initiative is October 1st, 2012. The job postings will be open until
filled. The salaries are based on the German public servant's salary
scale. Part-time employment may be arranged. Among candidates of equal
aptitude and qualifications, preference will be given to disabled
persons. We are committed to increase the fraction of female scientists
and therefore encourage female applicants to apply.
Interested candidates should send their complete application (including
CV, cover letter describing their background, training and research
interests, certificates, and contact information of two references) as
soon as possible to the following email addresses, or contact us for
more information:

Dr. Silke Trömel
Hans-Ertel Centre for Weather Research
Atmospheric Dynamics and Predictability Branch, University Bonn
Auf dem Hügel 20
53121 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 735779
E-Mail <>

Prof. Clemens Simmer Meteorological
Auf dem Hügel 20
53121 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 735181
E-Mail: <>

Please note that applications will not be archived and are only returned
on request.

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