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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist - PostDoc (Atmospheric modeling and data assimilation for urban climate and renewable energy, Germany)

From Jan Keller <>
Date Wed, 7 Nov 2018 07:10:57 -0500

The Institute for Geosciences and Meteorology at the University of Bonn invites 
applications for a fixed-term 4-year position in the Hans-Ertel-Centre for 
Weather Research (HErZ) research area “Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics” as a

Research Scientist (PostDoc)

Within the upcoming 4-year funding period of the Hans-Ertel-Centre starting in 
2019, the possibility of an ultra-high resolution reanalysis will be explored 
in order to increase the quality of the representation of micro-climate in 
regional reanalysis data sets. Therefore, an experimental ensemble reanalysis 
system at ultra-high-resolution (<1km) will be implemented by utilizing the new 
operational limited area ensemble NWP system (ICON-KENDA) of the German 
Meteorological Service (DWD). Within the scopeis of the project, two 
applications of new such an innovative data set wll be investigated, namely 
urban climate and renewable energy. The successful candidate will develop and 
test the new ultra-high resolution reanalysis system under the supervision of 
Dr. Jan Keller and Prof. Andreas Hense.

The position is based at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn 
(Germany) within the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics group of the 
Hans-Ertel-Centre for Weather Research Research - a joint research group of the 
University of Bonn and University of Cologne. The successful candidate will 
closely cooperate with other group members in Bonn and Cologne as well as 
colleagues in the German Meteorological Service departments “Research and 
Development” and “Climate and Environment” at DWD’s headquarter in Offenbach.

- Implement the system on ECMWF’s high-performance computing facilities.
- Setup and conduct experiments and evaluate the system’s performance to 
identify its potential benefit for climate monitoring purposes.
- Investigate the impact of land-surface heterogeneity and land-use change on 
the local micro-climate especially with respect to extremes and urban climate.
- Collaborate closely with other members of the “Climate Monitoring and 
Diagnostics” group in Bonn and Cologne especially regarding the aspect of 
renewable energy.
- Present research results at scientific conferences or workshops and in 
scientific journals

Required Qualifications:
- PhD / Doctorate in Meteorology, Climate Physics or another relevant field
- Demonstrated skills in working with limited area weather forecasting or 
climate prediction models (e.g., COSMO, WRF)
- Experience in at least two of the following research areas of expertise with 
a publication record in peer-reviewed, international journals (experience in 
multiple more research areas is considered a plus):
  * Setup Implementation and testing of NWP or reanalysis systems
  * Ensemble data assimilation
  * Interaction of land surface and atmosphere especially with respect to urban 
climate or renewable energy
  * Evaluation / analysis of climate and / or reanalysis data sets
  * Climate change detection and attribution
- Working experience with shell scripting and programming languages (Fortran is 
considered a plus)
- Working experience with data analysis software (e.g. R, Python)
- Proficiency in English (German is considered a plus)

Further information:
The position will start as soon as possible with a fixed end date corresponding 
to the end of the funding period at 31 December 2022. Salary is according to 
German public sector salary grade TV-L West E13 (100%) including comprehensive 
health care and social security benefits. The University of Bonn is committed 
to diversity and equal opportunity and is certified as a family-friendly 
university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women 
are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore 
urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled 
in accordance with the State Equality Act (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz). 
Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and 
those of equal status are particularly welcome.

To apply for this position, please send a letter of application, CV, and the 
names and contact information of two references by email as PDF attachment to by 5 December 2018 latest for full consideration. 
For further information or in case any questions arise, please feel free to 
contact Dr. Jan Keller (

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