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[Met-jobs] Two PhD positions at KIT in Germany: atmospheric dynamics, clouds and climate change

From "Voigt, Aiko (IMK)" <>
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Date Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:05:33 +0200

Two PhD positions at KIT in Germany: atmospheric dynamics, clouds and climate change

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

The junior research group "Cloud-radiative interactions with the North Atlantic storm track" led by Dr. Aiko Voigt wishes to recruit two PhD students. The group studies how diabatic cloud processes interact with and shape the extratropical circulation and its response to climate change, with a particular focus 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. Within HD(CP)2 the junior research group will articulate the coupling of small-scale cloud processes with the large-scale circulation of the extratropics. To this end we study the coupling across a range of spatial and temporal scales in 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 combine these simulations with the analysis of observations and theoretical approaches.

The PhD position 1 will study the impact of cloud-radiative interactions on internal variability of the extratropical circulation on timescales of weeks to months. The PhD position 2 will study how cloud-radiative interactions shape the response of the extratropical circulation to global climate change over the next 50 to 100 years. Both students 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. Both positions include a 3-month research visit at collaborating international research institutions such as the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris, Columbia University in New York City, or the University of Chicago. The students will also have the opportunity to join the KIT GRACE graduate school for climate and environment, which offers mentoring and networking opportunities and a rich curriculum of academic and soft-skill courses.

For both positions, we are seeking applicants with a Master degree in meteorology, climate/Earth system science, physics or mathematics. Some background in numerical modeling or large-scale atmospheric dynamics is a plus but not required. The positions are offered for a period of 3 years and remunerated according to TV-L E13 75% (approximately 1700 Euro net salary per month) with extensive social and health care benefits. The envisioned start date is February/March 2017, but there is some flexibility in adjusting the start date to accommodate the needs of the candidates.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications shall be directed to the group leader Dr. Aiko Voigt via email to in one pdf-file and shall include (1) a CV, (2) a letter of motivation (2 page maximum), (3) complete course grades and transcripts and (4) contact details of at least two references. Please indicate whether your are applying for position 1, position 2 or both positions.

Inquiries shall be directed to Aiko Voigt, More information about the group can be found at <>. For a description of the HD(CP)2 project please go to <>.


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Troposphere Research

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