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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in high-resolution simulations of extratropical cyclones, KIT Germany

From Aiko Voigt <>
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Date Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:27:38 +0100

Postdoctoral position in high-resolution simulations of extratropical cyclones, KIT Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to join the research group "Cloud-radiative interactions with the North Atlantic storm track" led by Dr. Aiko Voigt at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The group studies how diabatic cloud processes interact with, and thereby shape, the extratropical circulation and its response to climate change. The group combines weather and climate perspectives, with a particular focus on the North Atlantic storm track and cloud-radiative effects. The group is part of the BMBF-funded German-wide research initiative "HD(CP)2: High definition clouds and precipitation for advancing climate prediction."

The postdoctoral scientist will apply the high-resolution simulation approach developed by HD(CP)2 and the group to understand how clouds affect extratropical cyclones and their representation in regional and global models. The successful candidate will conduct and analyze simulations with the new German ICON weather and climate model over a range of resolutions from 40km to 300m. These simulations will include the period of the recent NAWDEX field campaign and hindcasts of past extratropical cyclones. The postdoctoral scientist 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. The position includes a 3-month visit to the Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris to work with Dr. Gwendal Riviere and Dr. Sandrine Bony.

We are seeking applicants with a doctoral degree in meteorology, atmospheric science or climate science. The position requires a background in atmospheric dynamics and/or cloud processes, and experience with numerical modeling and data analysis (e.g., Fortran, Matlab, Python, Linux, shell scripting, cdo). The position includes possibilities for teaching and student supervision. For example, the postdoc is encouraged to participate in the supervision of the two PhD students that are part of the group, and to contribute to the teaching activities of the group.

The position is remunerated according to TV-L E13 (approximately 2400 Euro net salary per month) with extensive social and health care benefits. The group is based at the research campus of KIT located about 10 km north of the city center of Karlsruhe. The position can start as early as March 1, 2018 and is available for an initial period of two years. An extension is possible based on progress and funding availability.

Review of applications will begin on 15 January 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications shall be directed to Dr. Aiko Voigt via email to in one pdf-file and shall include a CV with a list of publications, a one-page statement of research interests, a copy of a recent peer-reviewed research article, and contact details of two references.

Inquiries about the position shall be directed to Dr. Aiko Voigt, More information can be found at <>, <> and <>.

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

Dr. Aiko Voigt
Group leader

Phone: +49 721 608 24324

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