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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 the public, research and to private and commercial users. The Climate Division performs statistical analyses of climatological observations and model data. Within the framework of the international project Climate Monitoring – Satellite Application Facility (CM SAF) of EUMETSAT, MeteoSwiss currently has a vacancy for a:


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Satellite Climatology


The focus of CM SAF is on delivering homogeneous time series of essential climate variables such as radiation fluxes, cloud properties and surface states. The successful candidate will develop a 30 year long climatological cloud mask and land surface temperature dataset from Meteosat satellite data over the Alps. The post will be embedded within the international EUMETSAT CM SAF project, which is lead-managed by the German National Meteorological Service (DWD). He or she will also prepare reports and publications for scientific journals and give presentations at national and international symposia.


We are looking for a person who has a PhD in either meteorology, climatology or physics. Ideally, the candidate has proven experience in handling satellite and radiation data, is proficient in statistics, and familiar with Unix, complex data sets and programming in several languages (e.g. Fortran and R). The applicant should enjoy applying physics-related knowledge and findings to quantitative concepts and experimental products. The successful candidate will be expected to possess linguistic and editorial skills, for which good verbal and written communication abilities in English and German – and, ideally, one of the other Swiss national languages – are a prerequisite.


We are seeking a self-motivated, enterprising and communicative team player, 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 available for two years, although it may be extended. It is based in Zurich.


Please submit your application no later than 07 June 2013 to the federal

online portal; (Interface in German, direct link


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


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


Heike Kunz

Head of Climate Fundamentals

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 73
Fax:          +41 44 256 92 78



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