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[Met-jobs] Open post doc positions at KIT Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:57:29 +0000


West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use 
(WASCAL)



 “Regional Climate Simulation Analysis”

Postdoc Position (12 months, 100%)



“Climate Monitoring and Station Maintenance”

Postdoc Position (12 months, 100%)


The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of the Karlsruhe Institute of 
Technology (KIT, IMK-IFU) offers positions for two postdocs (m/f) in

Climate- and Hydrological Sciences


Starting date: as soon as possible

to strengthen the WASCAL team at the KIT Campus-Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Within the framework of the international project WASCAL 
(www.wascal.org<http://www.wascal.org>) funded by the German Ministry of 
Education and Research (BMBF), the impact of climate- and land surface changes 
on hydrology, agriculture, biodiversity, and the livelihood of the population 
in West Africa is investigated. For this purpose, regional climate models and 
coupled modelling systems were developed and applied for high-resolution 
regional climate simulations and for the investigation of land-atmosphere 
interactions. A comprehensive observational network, consisting of automatic 
weather stations and state-of-the-art turbulent flux measurement towers were 
installed in southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana. We are now seeking two 
motivated postdocs to join our team for the analysis and dissemination of the 
high-resolution regional climate simulation data and of the observational data 
collected in the region, as well as for the maintenance of our network of 
stations in the field. This research is performed in close cooperation with 
several universities and major research institutions in Germany, the Competence 
Centre of WASCAL in Ouagadougou and further local and trans-national partners 
in West Africa.

The Campus Alpin of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate research at KIT is 
located in the scenic environment of the Bavarian Alps in immediate vicinity of 
Germany’s highest mountain, one hour south of Munich. In addition to an 
attractive work environment, both positions offer the chance to visit West 
Africa to work with local scientists and technicians, the ability to shape the 
future of WASCAL by contributing to the next research agenda, and a sound 
perspective for continuation.


Postdoc Position ”Regional Climate Simulation Analysis“
The successful application will hold an excellent master and PhD degree in 
meteorology, hydrology, physics, mathematics, environmental science, 
environmental engineering or related subjects. Comprehensive knowledge in the 
application of regional climate models (e.g. WRF, CCLM or RegCM4) and in the 
statistical and graphical analysis of model data is essential. Extensive skills 
in PYTHON, shell scripting, statistical analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB, R), common 
data formats (netCDF, grib) and applications (NCO, CDO) in this context are 
expected. Proven experience in big data analysis and process automatization are 
a must. Fitness for the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West 
Africa, a strong team spirit and perfect communication skills in English are 
required. Fluency in French is considered as an asset.


Postdoc Position ”Climate Monitoring and Station Maintenance”
The successful applicant will hold an excellent master and PhD degree in 
meteorology, hydrology, physics, geo-ecology, environmental science, 
environmental engineering, geography or related subjects. Extensive knowledge 
of state-of-the-art measurement techniques in meteorology or hydrology and the 
analysis of observational data is expected. Sound experience in the 
installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, in Eddy-Covariance 
flux measurement techniques and in the development of operational systems for 
climate or hydrological monitoring are beneficial. Experience in PYTHON, shell 
scripting, statistical analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB or R) are required. Fitness 
for the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West Africa, a strong 
team spirit and organisational talent, and perfect communication skills in 
English are required. Fluency in French is considered as an asset.

The positions remain open until suitable candidates have been selected. 
KIT/IMK-IFU strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We 
therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. 
With appropriate qualifications, applications from handicapped persons will be 
treated with preference.

Contact
Please send your application by email to:
Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Alpin
Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU)
Kreuzeckbahnstraße 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Phone: +49-8821-183208<tel:%2B49-8821-183208>       Email: 
harald.kunstmann@kit.edu<mailto:harald.kunstmann@kit.edu>





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