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[Met-jobs] Four years Senior Post-Doc position, Klimacampus, Institute of Meteorology, University of Hamburg

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Date Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:53:25 +0200

Klimacampus – Institute of Meteorology – University of Hamburg


Novel Theoretical Approaches to Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Climate change is a key challenge for both, science and society. The Cluster of Excellence „Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP) is responding to this challenge in an integrated way, linking together natural and social sciences. Main partners are the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and the German Climate Computing Centre DKRZ. CliSAP has initiated the “KlimaCampus Hamburg”, an alliance of research institutions covering a wide range of expertise on integrated climate system science in Hamburg, thus offering excellent conditions for research and education.

The Cluster of Excellence invites applications for a

Research Associate/Postdoc m/f (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

The successful applicant will carry out activities in the context of the CLISAP2 project within the group of Theoretical Meteorology and his/her research will be focused on the development of new methods in statistical mechanics/dynamical systems for the investigation of geophysical fluid flows, with the vision of the Earth as a complex system featuring multiscale properties and irreversible processes.
Interdisciplinary research abilities are greatly appreciated.
The successful applicant will have a strong background in one or more of the following areas:
- Climate Tipping Points;
- Dynamical Systems: Lyapunov exponents and covariant vectors;
- Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics;
- Extreme Events and Large deviation theory;
- Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Stochastic parametrizations;
- Adjoint Methods.
The objective of the research group in Theoretical Meterological is to develop new lines of interdisciplinary resaerch across geosciences, physics, astronomy, and mathematics for attaining a new level of understanding of geophysical and planetary systems and developing new approaches for studying general non-equilibrium systems.

The applicant will carry out collaborative and independent research within the group of Theoretical Meteorology. Activities to start up or reinforce research contacts within the research group and within the Clisap2 project will be supported. The set up of new research links with other research and academic institutions in Germany and abroad and the preparation of re-search proposals will be greatly appreciated. The applicant will also contribute to the organization of scientific events. Specific tasks include presenting research at international conferences, publishing results in peer reviewed research journals and advising and supporting junior team members in their research. If the candidate wishes to undertake some teaching activities, this will be supported.

We expect a doctoral degree in mathematics, physics, meteorology, oceanography, geosciences or a related subject and the following skills:
· Proven research abilities in one or more of the following areas
· Climate Tipping Points;
· Dynamical Systems: Lyapunov exponents and covariant vectors;
· Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics;
· Extreme Events and Large deviation theory;
· Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Stochastic parametrizations;
· Adjoint Methods.
Demonstrated experience in developing interdisciplinary research
Demonstrated knowledge and skills in presenting an publishing research results
Proficiency in programming scientific numerical simulations
Ability to conduct independent work.
Ability to perform collaborative research.

General information
Payment is according to salary group E 14 TV-L. The position is offered starting January 1st, 2013, ending December 31st, 2016. (see also § 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz)). The position calls for 39 hours per week. The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to qualified female applicants. Application dossiers (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two references) are to be submitted to:

or to

Universität Hamburg
CliSAP Office
Code/Reference Number A-1_Postdoc
Grindelberg 5
20144 Hamburg

Please submit your application until November 30th, 2012. Please do not submit any original copies of your documents; furthermore, your documents will only be returned to you if you include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with your application. The interviews with the shortlisted candidates will take place in the week of December 17th 2012. For additional information please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Valerio Lucarini,, phone +49(0)40-42838-9208 Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

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