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[Met-jobs] Two open positions in the Theoretical Meteorology Group at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich

From Audine Laurian <>
Date Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:05:48 +0200

We invite applications for two positions at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, Faculty of Physics, Chair of Theoretical Meteorology:

- Scientific Assistant (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit)
- Post-doctoral researcher in Satellite Data Assimilation

to be filled as soon as possible.

The Theoretical Meteorology Group at LMU ( is a leading group in the basic science underpinning the prediction of weather. Activities include leading the collaborative research centre Waves to Weather (, one of the largest research programs in the world devoted to the predictability of high impact weather, and hosting the Data Assimilation Branch of the Hans Ertel Centre for Weather Research (HErZ,, a joint program with Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Our core competence is in nonlinear dynamics, methods from statistical physics, data assimilation and probabilistic prediction using ensembles of numerical simulations.

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social sciences, to medicine and the natural sciences.

For both positions, applicants must hold a PhD in physics, meteorology or another relevant discipline, and have good written and spoken English (knowledge of German is welcome but not required).

The Scientific Assistant position is equivalent to a (non-tenure track) Assistant Professor, and is suitable for an excellent young scientist looking to advance his or her career to the next level. In cooperation with the group leader, Prof. George Craig, she or he will be encouraged to develop an independent research program within the general field of activities of the group, and participate in teaching and supervision at the BSc, MSc, and doctoral levels. The initial appointment (Akademischer Rat auf Zeit, A13) is for three years, with the possibility of extension for another three years. For further information please contact Prof. George Craig (

The post-doctoral position addresses a central problem of numerical weather prediction, the assimilation of temporally frequent and spatially dense observations, particularly observations related to atmospheric convection. Cloud-affected radiances from geostationary satellites offer a promising data source for this purpose, but their assimilation is challenging given the fast evolution of convection and its inherent non-linearity. The goal of this position is to facilitate the assimilation of cloud-affected radiances from infrared channels of MSG-SEVIRI in the pre-operational ensemble data assimilation system for the regional forecast model COSMO-DE. The work can build upon preparatory studies on radiance assimilation performed in the HErZ group and shall be performed in close collaboration with DWD. The post-doc will be part of the HErZ group at LMU, which currently comprises ten people working on various aspects of regional data assimilation and ensemble forecasting. The appointment is for two years, but may be extended if funding is available. Experience in data assimilation would be preferable, but is not an essential requirement. For further information please contact Dr. Martin Weissmann (

LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer and intends to enhance the diversity of its staff. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged. Disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

Please submit your application by email as a single PDF-file including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, and list of publications, to Dr. Audine Laurian, ( by 30 June 2016.
Dr. Audine Laurian
Scientific Manager of "Waves to Weather" (SFB/TRR165)
Tel: +49 (0)89 2180-4513       	Meteorologisches Institut
Fax: +49 (0)89 280-5508 	Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
e-mail:   Theresienstr.37, 80333 München

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