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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral position in extratropical cyclones and cloud-radiative interactions

From aiko <>
Date Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:31:43 -0400

Postdoctoral position in extratropical cyclones and cloud-radiative interactions

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

We wish to recruit one postdoctoral scientist for the new junior research group "Cloud-radiative interactions with the North Atlantic storm track" that will be led by Dr. Aiko Voigt and will start on September 1, 2016. The group will study how diabatic cloud processes interact with and shape the extratropical circulation and its response to climate change. Particular emphasis will be laid on the North Atlantic storm track and the role of cloud-radiative effects. The group is part of the BMBF-funded German-wide research initiative "HD(CP)2: High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction." HD(CP)2 seeks to foster understanding of clouds and precipitation processes by combining high-resolution modeling and observational approaches, and, by advancing the representation of these processes in global climate models, aims to improve projections of short- and long-term climate change. The role of the junior research group is to articulate the coupling of small-scale cloud processes with the large-scale circulation of the extratropics. The group will study this coupling across a range of spatial and temporal scales by applying the new ICON atmosphere model over a hierarchy of spatial resolutions (large-eddy simulations, cloud-resolving simulations, resolutions of current global climate models) and setups (realistic setups, aquaplanets, idealized physics), and by combining these simulations with the analysis of observations.

The postdoctoral scientist will study how the evolution of individual extratropical cyclones is shaped by diabatic cloud processes on timescales of days to weeks. The work will include baroclinic life cycle simulations with free and prescribed clouds, and climate model simulations in weather-forecasting mode for observational campaigns and hindcasts of past extratropical cyclones. The postdoctoral scientist will have access to the outstanding modeling and observational infrastructure provided by HD(CP)2 and will have ample opportunities to interact with scientists from HD(CP)2 as well as the wider German and international research community. The position includes a 3-months visit to the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris to work with Dr. Gwendal Riviere and Dr. Sandrine Bony.

We are seeking applicants with a doctoral degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or climate science and a proven track record in research. Experience in numerical modeling and large-scale atmospheric dyanmics is preferred, as well as some experience with observational data. The position includes possbilites for teaching and student supervision. For example, the postdoc is encouraged to participate in the supervision of the two PhD students that will also be part of the group.

The position is remunerated according to TV-L E13 with extensive social and heatlh care benefits. The position can start as early as September 1, 2016 and is available for up to 3.5 years.

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications shall be directed to the future group leader Dr. Aiko Voigt via email to in one pdf-file and shall include (1) a CV with a list of publications, (2) a letter of motivation (1 page maximum), and (3) contact details of at least two references.

Enquiries about the position shall be directed to Dr. Aiko Voigt, More information about HD(CP)2 can be found at


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