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[Met-jobs] MPIM-W026 Postdoc

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:31:51 +0000

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. It has an internationally recognised reputation in climate modelling. The MPI-M is located in the heart of one of Europe's most livable and vibrant cities. It provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities.

Within the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) funded project “Palaeo-constraints on Monsoon evolution and dynamics” (PACMEDY-MPI), the department for The Ocean in the Earth System (Director's research group), we are looking for a


Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f; MPIM-W026)


to work on Earth system model simulations investigating past and future monsoon variability. The project PACMEDY-MPI is part of an international consortium within the Belmont Forum/JPI-Climate initiative on climate services collaborative research action on climate predictability and inter-regional linkages.



The objective of this position is to conduct and analyze simulations of the climate evolution during the Holocene with a focus on monsoon systems.

The researcher recruited for this position will:

·         Carry out transient and time-slice simulations for the mid-to-late Holocene using the Max Planck Institute Earth System Model MPI-ESM1.

He/she will contribute to collaborative work packages on

·         High-latitude tropical tele-connections.

·         Monsoon variability on interannual to multi-decadal time scales.

·         Global and local characteristics of individual monsoon systems.

·         Assessment of emerging constraints on monsoon systems in the future.

·         Contribute to project and sub-task coordination.

·         Disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.

He/she will be part of an international research team based at universities and research centers throughout Europe with partners in India and South America. He/she is expected to attend training, coordination, and dissemination activities that are organized by PACMEDY.


Qualifications / experience

·         A PhD in Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics, or a related area is required for this position.

·         Good knowledge in climate dynamics, in particular monsoon systems and atmosphere/ocean interactions and tele-connections.

·         Experience in modelling geophysical fluids, preferably in modelling the coupled atmosphere-ocean system, and skill in climate model evaluations.

·         Programming skills in Fortran and statistical post-processing and visualization software (e.g. FERRET, NCL, MATLAB), as well as experience in handling large data sets.

·         Ability to coordinate cross-institutional research work and reporting tasks.


Selection criteria

The selection criteria will value the qualifications, and the experience of the candidates with respect to the text above.


Employment conditions

·         The position is offered for 3 years, starting in September 2016.

·         Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.


Selection process

A selection panel will be established. The selection will follow the rules of the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment (

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.


How to submit your application for this post

Please submit:

·         A cover letter

·         A detailed curriculum vitae

·         The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two references

By uploading the documents in our online Webtool:


Deadline for applying

This vacancy has been opened on 13 July 2016.

A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 30 July 2016. If the position is not filled, this vacancy announcement will be re-published indicating a second cut-off date.


Further information on this position: For further information, please contact Dr. Johann Jungclaus (johann.junclaus(at) Do not forward your application to this email address; the applications need to be submitted through the online Webtool (see link above).



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