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[Met-jobs] Vacancies: PhD positions in global climate modeling, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

From Erich Fischer <>
Date Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:37:38 +0100

PhD positions in global climate modeling, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

The Climate Physics group led by Prof. Reto Knutti <> at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, invites applications for PhD positions in climate modeling.

-> The projects: (A) the first PhD project will systematically assess the potential and limitations of a new set of global and regional climate model simulations to provide impact-relevant climate information. In the coming decades, regional changes in temperature extremes may be substantially larger or smaller than the expected long-term trend (forced signal) or even absent as a result of internal variability. The project will quantify and evaluate the simulated internal climate variability for different locations, timescales, and spatial scales, compare internal variability in unforced and forced simulations and will quantify the forced signals in climate extremes and uncertainty ranges induced by internal variability. The successful candidate will perform NCAR CESM <> global climate model experiments to understand the contribution of different climate processes and feedbacks inducing projection uncertainties. (B) The second PhD project will use the NCAR CESM global climate model to study climate change scenarios and associated uncertainties, atmospheric feedbacks, ocean heat uptake and evaluate the large-scale model behaviour with observations.

-> We offer: a dynamic and inspiring research environment, excellent work conditions, supercomputing infrastructure, and a large degree of freedom for the successful candidate to bring in her/his own research ideas and experience. The positions are fully funded for three years, the typical time to complete a PhD at ETH. Starting date is early 2013. The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science <> is a world-leading institute in the field of research on global and regional climate change. ETH Zurich <> offers leading-edge research infrastructure and a comprehensive education at postgraduate level as one of the leading international universities for natural sciences and technology.

-> Your background: successful applicants have a Master’s degree, Diploma or equivalent in atmospheric sciences, physics or a related subject. Regardless of background, the successful applicant have an interactive and highly motivated personality, excellent English language skills, the ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment, and a strong desire to disseminate the results in conference talks and journal articles. The project involves programming, working with parallel codes and large amounts of data on high performance computers. Scientific computing support is provided.

-> Applications: review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. To apply, send your application electronically to Erich Fischer ( The application should include your CV, publication list, a PDF file of your Master’s thesis, an academic transcript of your studies, a one page statement on your motivation, past research experience and research interests (in English), and contact details of three persons (academic if possible) that may be contacted for references. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Reto Knutti ( or Erich Fischer (

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