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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:02:11 +0000

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Dear colleagues,

we are inviting applications for a

PhD position (3 years)

at the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und
Meeresforschung (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

Topics: Study of atmosphere - sea ice interactions; Image processing and
development of retrieval algorithms; Spatial variability and temporal
evolution of melt pond characteristics in the Arctic

Deadline: November, 18th, 2016


The  Alfred Wegener  Institute  Helmholtz  Centre  for  Polar  and
Marine  Research  (AWI)  is  a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF)
and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and
marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology,
oceanography, geology and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary
approaches to scientific goals.
The section “Meteorology of the Polar Regions” invites applications for
a position as

PhD student

Tasks and Background:

The ice-albedo-feedback plays an important role in the recent Arctic
climate change. It is influenced by meltwater ponds, which form on sea
ice in summer. How strong the influence of melt ponds is depends
especially on their areal fraction, their depth and on the thickness of
the underlying ice.

Within the work, physical characteristics of melt ponds will be
retrieved from existing aircraft data. Furthermore, the PhD candidate
will be involved in situ measurements on sea ice and helicopter

measurements, which are planned to be carried out in addition. The data
analysis is based on

image processing and on special retrieval algorithms, which are expected
to be improved and optimized. The whole data set shall be used by the
PhD candidate to investigate the spatial variability and the temporal
evolution of melt pond characteristics in the Arctic. The work is
expected to start on March 1st, 2017.


· M.Sc. degree or diploma in geophysics, meteorology, physics,
mathematics or comparable scientific disciplines

· Good programming skills in at least one programming language
(preferentially IDL, Python or Matlab)

· Good English skills (spoken and written)

· Knowledge in atmosphere-ice-ocean interactions is of advantage.

· Profound background in statistics, knowledge in image processing and
in the analysis of laser scanner / laser altimeter data is of advantage

· The PhD candidate is expected to participate in expeditions to the
Polar Regions

For more information or questions regarding the project, please contact
Dr. Gerit Birnbaum

(<>) and Dr. Wolfgang Dierking

The position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in
accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD
Bund), salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating
professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art
research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications
are present. The AWI

fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means.
Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have
been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

As Ph.D. student at AWI you will obtain the opportunity to subscribe to
the Helmholtz Graduate

School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ (<>).

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (cover
letter with motivation, CV and two references / letters of
recommendation) by November 18th, 2016 referencing code

122/G/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung,
Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515
Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF
file) to: <>.

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