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[Met-jobs] PhD Position at Goethe University Frankfurt studying mixed-phase clouds

From Anna Possner <>
Date Thu, 1 Nov 2018 15:59:32 -0700

We have an open PhD position for three years starting as of April 1st, 2019. 

Project goal: We use a range of tools, from high-resolution large-eddy simulations, to global analyses of satellite records, to determine and quantify the driving factors governing cloud-radiative properties over the world´s oceans. This particular project will focus on understanding the organisation of mixed-phase clouds (clouds containing a mixture of water and ice) over the oceans using satellite records of the past decade together with historical climate data. Mixed-phase clouds stretch over hundreds of kilometers and have been shown to impact the regional climate in the Arctic and Southern Ocean. Their behavior may also influence larger-scale circulation patterns in the atmosphere.

Tasks: This position will involve working with Dr. Anna Possner at the Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the Campus Riedberg. The successful candidate will play a major role in shaping the scientific questions together with Dr. Possner. They will further be required to plan and execute the necessary computational and statistical analyses. Publication of the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presentations at international conferences are expected. Further funds for professional development are also available. There are no teaching obligations with this position.

Requirements: A scientific degree with above average grades in Physics, Environmental Sciences, Computational Sciences, Statistics, or other related disciplines is required. A demonstrated record of scientific curiosity, self-motivated thinking, technical ability and/or communication skills are valued as much as disciplinary knowledge. The position will require extensive shell scripting, analyses in Python, and graphical presentation of the results. Strong communication skills in English (oral and written) are desired. Computational skills will be required for this position. Pre-existing knowledge in remote sensing, or cloud physics is desirable, but not required.

Interested, or want to know more? Then please send your application including CV, cover letter and, if applicable, list of publications by December 1st, 2018 as one PDF to Dr. Anna Possner, For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Anna Possner.

Goethe University is in strong support of gender equality and in particular encourages women to apply for this post. Preference will be given to equally qualified people with disabilities.

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