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[Met-jobs] MPIM-W028 Postdoc

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:22:08 +0000

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


The Department the Atmosphere in The Earth System is searching for an exceptional


Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f; MPIM-W028).


The successful applicant will work within the Department 'Atmosphere in the Earth System to link high-resolution modelling and observations to theories of convective organization and ITCZ formation with a particular emphasis on cloud radiative effects.



The position offers the opportunity to work with newly conducted convection-permitting simulations (2.5 km grid spacing) of the tropical Atlantic (10S-20N; 68W-15E), performed in coordination with the NARVAL-II field study, and hence also have access to data from the field campaign as well as related ground and satellite based remote sensing data. The successful applicant will work with Bjorn Stevens, but the position comes with considerable freedom to shape the research questions, hopefully in cooperation with some subset of the project partners which include: the German Weather Service, through the Hans Ertel Centrum (Cathy Hohenegger and Daniel Klocke), the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (Sandrine Bony), and the University of Hamburg (Stefan Buehler and Felix Ament).


Qualifications / Experience

Candidates with a strong background in atmospheric convection and its interaction with large-scale circulations are strongly preferred, experience in modelling, model analysis, and/or the analysis of observations is also desired. Additional qualifications include: a PhD in Meteorology or a related field; strong programming/scripting and analytic skills; an ability to work as part of a team; and an ability to communicate effectively as demonstrated through at least one excellent first authored scientific publication (or publication draft).


Employment conditions

·         The position is offered for at least two years, with an extension of an additional year contingent on performance and financing, starting as soon as possible.

·         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 position.


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 21 July 2016. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 2 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. Bjorn Stevens at bjorn.stevens(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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