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[Met-jobs] MPI-M W027 Postdoc

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:19:37 +0000

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned center for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The institute is located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable cities, and is embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of climate research.


The project PalMod is a project between MPI-M and several other German research institutes and universities, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), to understand climate system dynamics and variability during the last glacial cycle. Within the research group Ocean Biogeochemistry in the department The Ocean in the Earth System of the MPI-M and as part of the project PalMod, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f, Ref. MPIM-W027)

in the area of ocean biogeochemical modeling. The work will focus on understanding how marine biogeochemical processes controlled the ocean carbon sink and thereby the atmospheric CO2 during the last deglaciation. The successful applicant will work on adjusting the global biogeochemistry model HAMOCC for the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). She/he will perform transient model simulations with HAMOCC in the framework of the Max Planck Institute’s Earth System Model (MPI-ESM) starting in the LGM to the present. This research will make a major contribution to the MPI-M’s ongoing model development efforts aimed at improved representation of carbon and nutrient sequestration in the ocean. It is also essential for the PalMod’s activities focusing on the role and mechanisms of the feedbacks between the carbon cycle and climate during glacial times.



·         Refine existing model components and incorporate new ones into the ocean biogeochemistry model HAMOCC for the LGM conditions.

·         Develop and perform simulations with HAMOCC in the framework of the MPI-ESM.

·         Contribute to project coordination.

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


Qualifications / Experience

·         A PhD in oceanography, geoscience, environmental sciences, or a related field is required for this position.

·         Compelling understanding of ocean biogeochemical dynamics, in particular regarding its role in Earth’s climate.

·         Experience with ocean carbon cycle models, skill in model development.

·         Strong programming skills in Fortran, post-processing and visualization software (e.g., NCL, CDO), as well as experience in handling large data sets.

·         Strong communication and organizational skills and an ability to effectively communicate results of scientific research to project members and international colleagues. 


Employment conditions

·         The position is offered until 31 August 2019, with a starting date between October 2016 and January 2017.

·         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.

·         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.


Selection criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.


How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:
1)    A cover letter
2)    A detailed curriculum vitae
3)    The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying

This vacancy has been opened 15 July 2016. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 5 September 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. Tatiana Ilyina at tatiana.ilyina(at)

Do not forward your application to this email address, the applications need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).


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