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[Met-jobs] PhD student in the field of Arctic-mid-latitude linkages

From Doerthe Handorf <>
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Date Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:45:16 +0200

Code: 53/G/Kli-P
Faculty: Science
Job type: Full time
Location: Potsdam

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 Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) invites applications for a PhD position in the section 'Physics of the atmosphere' in Potsdam, Germany, starting as soon as possible.

PhD student
in the field of tropospheric and stratospheric processes

Title of the doctoral thesis: The role of tropospheric and stratospheric processes for Arctic-mid-latitude linkages

Background and tasks:
The PhD project aims at an improved understanding of the tropospheric and stratospheric processes which determine the linkages between Arctic climate changes and changes of the atmospheric circulation in mid-latitudes. In order to detect relations in particular between Arctic sea ice and snow-cover changes and the weather and climate in mid-latitudes, recent atmospheric data sets from re-analyses and CMIP5/6 climate model simulations will be analyzed with different statistical and dynamical methods. The focus of the analyses are the feedback processes between planetary and synoptic-scale waves and the impact on the troposphere-stratosphere coupling.

Furthermore, sensitivity simulations with the AWI climate model (current configuration ECHAM6-FESOM) coupled with a stratospheric chemistry module will be carried out. This aims on an analysis and better understanding of feedback processes between stratospheric chemistry and Arctic climate changes.

For further information please contact Dr. Dörthe Handorf, doerthe.handorf[at]

The successful candidates should hold a Diploma/M.Sc. degree in physics, meteorology, geosciences, or related fields. Good skills in data processing and programming (Fortran, C, Matlab, R, or similar) and interest in atmospheric dynamics are required. Good English language skills are a prerequisite.

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 Potsdam.

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 be member of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ ( or another graduate school. Please send your application with the standard documentation (cover letter with motivation, CV, degree certificates, abstract of the Master thesis, names and addresses of two referees) before April 20th, 2017, quoting the reference number 53/G/Kli-P per e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to sigrun.graening[at]

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