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[Met-jobs] PhD position "Modeling ozone in the Mediterranean region"

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Date Thu, 15 May 2014 12:48:56 +0000

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For a research project at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Troposphere, IEK-8, we are seeking a

PhD student (Chemistry, Physics, Meteorology or equivalent degree)

for a 3 year position starting in summer 2014.

“Modeling ozone in the Mediterranean region”

Current global chemistry climate models and regional air quality models show large biases in their simulations of tropospheric ozone in the Mediterranean region with a tendency to overestimate surface ozone concentrations. We would like to investigate the underlying causes for these modeling biases and, in a second step, use an improved model to assess the climate chemistry interactions related to tropospheric ozone in the Mediterranean region. The work will involve a careful statistical analysis of available data sets from field campaigns and monitoring stations, the interpretation of numerical model results from ongoing international projects, and the set-up and execution of high-resolution sensitivity simulations with the chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ. 

With 4400 staff members Forschungszentrum Jülich is the largest interdisciplinary research center in Germany focusing its research in the fields of health, environment and energy, and information technology. At IEK-8 simulation chamber experiments, experimental field studies, and model calculations are used to investigate the processes that control the chemical transformation and spatial distribution of trace compounds, and their ultimate removal from the atmosphere. About 60 scientists, engineers, technicians and doctoral students are currently working at the institute in the field of atmospheric chemistry.

The research group “Global Modeling” of IEK-8 develops and runs a comprehensive global model for atmospheric chemistry, aerosols and climate and investigates the feedbacks between air pollution and climate change. The group is involved in various international research activities and collaborates with various partner institutes in Germany and elsewhere. Other group activities include the coordination of a sub project within the Copernicus atmospheric service (MACC) and leadership of WMO Global Atmosphere Watch scientific advisory group on reactive gases. Contributions to such group activities would be appreciated.

Your profile

You are a curious mind with an above-average master degree or equivalent in physics, meteorology, chemistry, or mathematics. You acquired at least a basic knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and you show excellent programming skills. Ideally, you have already gained experience with the analysis of complex data sets. Your command of the English language enables you to read, write, and communicate with international scientists. You like to work in an interdisciplinary team. You can structure your work and work independently.


What we offer


·         A diverse international and motivated research team

·         Excellent technical support and access to supercomputing facilities

·         A well-organized PhD work including participation in the interdisciplinary HITEC graduate school on energy and climate research


For further information please contact:

PD Dr. Martin Schultz

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung (IEK-8)

Leo-Brandt Straße

52425 Jülich


Telefon: +49-2461-61-2831



Equal opportunity is a cornerstone of our staff policy. Applications from disabled persons are welcomed. Payment of the PhD fellow will be based on salary grade 13/2 Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the candidate's profile and the subject of his/her PhD thesis an additional allowance may be granted.


Please send your application – quoting the reference number D055-2014-IEK-8 - with the relevant documentation to:


Mr. K. Beumers

Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

52425 Jülich





PD Dr. Martin G. Schultz

IEK-8, Forschungszentrum Jülich

D-52425 Jülich

Ph: +49 2461 61 2831


Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
52425 Juelich
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Juelich
Eingetragen im Handelsregister des Amtsgerichts Dueren Nr. HR B 3498
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: MinDir Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher
Geschaeftsfuehrung: Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem (Vorsitzender),
Karsten Beneke (stellv. Vorsitzender), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bolt,
Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt

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