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[Met-jobs] Niels Bohr Institute: postdoc in complex systems, convective self-organization and precipitation

From Jan Olaf Mirko Härter <>
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Date Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:02:58 +0000

Dear all,

Convective clouds are known to interact. But how does this interaction structure the atmosphere? And how does it give rise to extreme precipitation?

About us

The interdisciplinary Atmospheric Complexity team at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is seeking a creative postdoctoral researcher with a strong theoretical background. The team’s focus is on the physics of atmospheric self-organization on varying spatio-temporal scales, in particular on the interaction of the convective cloud field and the origin of extreme precipitation in a changing climate. We use methods from non-equilibrium statistical physics, fluid dynamics and geoscience to describe, understand and generalize complex processes in the atmosphere. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.

About the project

You will be able to propose new theoretical approaches, as well as design and analyze numerical experiments. The scientific methodology is to idealize atmospheric convection in high-resolution (~100 m) large-eddy simulations, and gain conceptually new understanding on the mechanisms of convective self-organization and the development of extreme precipitation, e.g. flash floods. You will be working as part of the Atmospheric Complexity team and the complex systems community at Niels Bohr Institute, as well as collaborate with climate modeling and meteorological institutes.

You will have the opportunity to make strong research contributions within the field of convective self-organization, but will also be free to explore adjacent areas within complex systems research. You should have a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, geo/atmospheric science, applied mathematics or a related field. You should be interested in building mathematical models of complex systems. Solid computational skills will be necessary. Especially curiosity, personal drive, as well as strong social and communication skills are expected. Some experience with climate data would be beneficial.

Further information on the atmospheric complexity team is available at . Inquiries about the position can be made to Jan O. Haerter (


The position is open from 01/04/2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is initially offered for 2 years with an option of extension.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Copenhagen is a family and bicycle-friendly European capital offering a high quality of life, a diverse cultural scene, parks and recreation, as well as easy access to a well-connected international airport.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently up to DKK 408,730 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 69,893). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking << Apply online >> in the link below:

Please include

-        - CV including names and contact information of 3 personal references,

-        - Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent),

-        - Motivation statement – description of current and future research plans,

-        - Complete publication list,

-        - Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers.

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017, 23:59 GMT +1.

You can read about the recruitment process at

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