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[Met-jobs] PhD // “Convective processes in a changing climate” // 65% // Goethe Univ. Frankfurt a. Main

From Bodo Ahrens <>
Date Wed, 18 May 2016 12:07:28 +0200

The Mesoscale Meteorology and Climate Research Group at the Institute for 
Atmospheric and Environmental Research at the Goethe Univ. Frankfurt invites 
applications for a

PhD position “Convective processes in a changing climate” (65%)

The recent increase in computational resources has allowed to use regional 
climate models at a scale fine enough to resolve explicitly deep convection. 
The first decadal simulations have shown an important added value for modelling 
realistically convection related fields (e.g., precipitation, hail, lightning, 
etc.). Recent related studies suggest that the natural hazard due to convection 
in a changing climate may be underestimated in global and coarse regional 
simulations. However, the reason for this possible underestimation is not yet 
fully understood and many scientific questions remain.

Your tasks:

•   Perform regional climate simulations

•   Apply innovative analysis techniques to large datasets

•   Investigate changes in convection occurrence and development in an altered 

Your profile:

•   master’s or diploma degree in meteorology, physics, mathematics or a 
related field

•   very good written and oral communication skills in English and good skill 
in German (oral and written reporting to funding agency)

•   good programming and numerical skills will be an asset

•   ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany 
(TV-G-U E13, 65%). The position is open from September, 1st 2016 and will be 
limited to a period of 36 months. The Goethe University supports equal 
opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. 
Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The type of 
handicap should not prevent work needed to conduct the research. The duty 
station will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is the Goethe 
University Frankfurt am Main.

Frankfurt am Main is a medium sized city in the heart of Europe. It is known as 
a modern green city, with large parks and a small mountain range (858m) that 
can easily be reached by bus. Frankfurt is also known to be an international 
city with multicultural and multilingual inhabitants. Due to Its location and 
infrastructure four capitals can be reached (Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam or 
Paris) in less than four hours by train. In addition, it is located 15 min away 
from the second largest airport in Europe.

Please send your application before June, 1st 2016 by e-mail (attachment in a 
single pdf document) and including a letter outlining your suitability for the 
post, a detailed CV, contact details of 2 references and a copy of your 
diploma-thesis and/or other exams to Andrea Radomilja Ruiz 

For scientific enquiries please contact Dr. E. Brisson 
( or Prof. Dr. B. Ahrens 

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