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[Met-jobs] PhD student position in Atmospheric Modelling at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam

From Wolfgang Dorn <>
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Date Mon, 27 Aug 2018 17:48:27 +0200

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, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

In preparation of the international drift expedition MOSAiC in 2019/20 we are inviting applications for a

Ph.D. student in Atmospheric Modelling

with a focus on large-eddy simulations of Arctic cloud-related processes.

Background and tasks:

The observational part of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) is an international year-long field experiment with the German icebreaker Polarstern in the Arctic Ocean. MOSAiC is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious field programs in polar research of the last decades. It will directly link in-situ, airborne, autonomous, and remote sensing observations with numerical models on different spatial and temporal scales. More information is available from the project home page ( with the science and implementation plans.

You will setup the ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic Large Eddy Model (ICON-LEM) for simulations of atmospheric small- and meso-scale processes in an integration area around the MOSAiC drift track. The work will include the implementation of the model and evaluation of LEM simulations against observational case studies with focus on the role of small-scale turbulence, meso-scale variability and synoptic conditions for cloud formation and precipitation and their interactions with surface conditions, aerosols and boundary-layer structure. The results will advance the understanding of moist cloud processes in the Arctic atmosphere and their parameterization for regional and global models.


The position requires a Master degree or Diploma in physics, meteorology, or a related field. Experience in atmospheric modelling and very good knowledge in atmospheric physics, including cloud and boundary-layer physics are required. Basic knowledge in scientific programming, and skills in the programming language Fortran and Unix-like operating systems are required.

For further information please contact Dr. Wolfgang Dorn (; +49(331)288-2164) or Prof. Dr. Markus Rex (; +49(331)288-2127).

The position is limited to 3 years and will start as soon as possible. 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.

AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. 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 forward your applications with the standard documentation (cover letter with motivation, CV and two references / letters of recommendation) by September 16th 2018 referencing code 123/G/Kli-P to:

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