July 2017
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc at MPI-M (W044)

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:24:41 +0000

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary center for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany. It’s one of the premier climate science research institutes in the world. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable and vibrant cities it provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state of the art scientific facilities.


The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology contributes to the KoPf project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). With respect to the research in this project, we have an open position for a


Scientist/Postdoc (m/f – W044)


in large-scale modeling of the climatic effect of thawing permafrost on emissions of greenhouse gases. The successful candidate will contribute to the KoPf project with the development of an improved description of the permafrost carbon dynamics in JSBACH, the land surface model of the MPI Earth system model, sensitivity experiments with JSBACH, and the establishment of regional CO2 and CH4 budgets for comparison with atmospheric inversions. The goal is to evaluate the performance of the JSBACH model with respect to observations of emissions of greenhouse gases in the permafrost region in North-Eastern Siberia, and to provide quantitative projections of greenhouse gas emissions due to degradation of permafrost under low- and high- end scenarios of anthropogenic warming. This research will be performed in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Jena) and the Alfred-Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research (Potsdam).



·         PhD degree in physics, mathematics, meteorology, or environmental sciences;

·         expertise in modelling land surface processes on global or large-regional scales;

·         strong experience in performing and analyzing simulations of Earth System models, skills in programming in FORTRAN and large dataset processing using software such as CDO and NCL;

·         excellent skills in scientific writing in English;

·         strong motivation and ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

·         Experience in application of the land surface model JSBACH and participation in international projects will be of additional advantage.


Selection criteria

The selection criteria will value the qualifications, the experience and the ability of the candidates to fulfill the responsibilities of the opening as outlined above. A selection panel will be established.

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.


Employment conditions

·         The position is available from 1st October 2017 for 32 months.

·         Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E 14), 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.


How to submit your application for this post

Please submit:

-     A cover letter

-     A detailed curriculum vitae

-     The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two references

By uploading the documents in our online Webtool:


Deadline for applying

This vacancy has been opened on 19 July 2017. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 01 September 2017. If the position is not filled, this vacancy announcement will be re-published indicating a second cut-off date.

For further information, please contact Victor Brovkin (victor.brovkin(at)mpimet. Do not forward your application to this email address; the application needs to be submitted through the online Webtool (see link above).


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