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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at the University of Bern (Switzerland)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:23:42 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Division of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute,
University of Bern, opens a position for a

PhD student in Earth System Modeling of the Past

In the framework of the groups of Climate and Environmental Physics and
the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research the candidate will
explore the climate variability of the past millennium and future with
particular focus on extreme events. One key question is whether and how
extreme events of key variables of the climate system changed in the
past and will change in the future. Further, the candidate will
investigate the underlying mechanisms being responsible for such
changes. As a starting point basic indicators such as frost days, summer
days, tropical nights, heavy precipitation day, and consecutive dry
days, but also dynamical features such as cyclones their characteristics
and atmospheric blocking. Therefore, the Community Earth System Model
(CESM) provided by Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be used
to perform scenario and sensitivity simulations.


* Perform CESM experiments for the future with different emission
* Perform sensitivity experiments with CESM.
* Analysis of the atmospheric circulation, blocking, eddies, and
weather statistics.
* Apply extreme value statistics to model and analyze output.


* Diploma or Master degree in physics, meteorology, or environmental
* Computer skills in some or all of FORTRAN, MATLAB, R/S-Plus, NCL,
and shell-programming on Unix or Linux platforms.
* Experience with large data sets and climate modeling.
* Fluency in English (written and spoken).
* Strong motivation and ability to carry out research in an
interdisciplinary environment.
* Strong reporting skills.
* Knowledge in CESM or another Atmosphere Ocean General Circulation
model and extreme value statistics is an advantage.

Project start and place:

* Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University
of Bern, Switzerland.
* The project will start on 1st September 2013 or by agreement.


The position will be funded for three years. The employment and salary
is subject to the conditions of the Swiss National Science Foundation.


The application documents contain your Curriculum Vitae, copies of your
Diploma/Master marks/certificate and thesis, as well as a statement of
interest (1 page). Please attach two names of referees (including their
addresses and emails). The closing date of the application is 15. August

Prof. Thomas Stocker
Physics Institute
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern
Please send an electronic application (in one pdf-file!) to PD Christoph
Raible (<>)

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