February 2019
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position in climate dynamics at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

From Thomas Jung <>
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Date Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:39:14 +0100

Dear Colleagues,

A new position is available in my group at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. The incumbent will work within the EU funded project APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climate,
APPLICATE is an €8 million project funded by the EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation programme that involves 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and will be carried out over a period of four years. The multinational and multidisciplinary consortium works to enhance weather and climate prediction capabilities not only in the Arctic, but also in Europe, Asia, and North America. A focus on the Arctic is important for improved predictions of weather and climate in the mid-latitudes because the changes taking place in the Arctic due to climate change — the retreat of sea ice, warming seas and a warming atmosphere — have the potential to influence weather and climate in the mid-latitudes.


  • You will develop metrics for climate model evaluation.
  • You will analyse the systematic errors of CMIP5 und CMIP6 models in the Arctic.
  • Another task is the determination of the growth of systematic model error across time scales.
  • Additionally, you will foster the understanding of the origin of long-standing systematic errors in the Arctic through carefully designed sensitivity experiments

  • You must have a PhD in one of the following fields: meteorology, oceanography, climate sciences, physics, mathematics or information technology.
  • You must be able to proof skills/proficiency in Fortran.
  • You have to be fluent in English.
  • You need to have the ability to effectively work in teams and meet deadline

Additional preferred skills:
  • Experience with complex models of the coupled climate system (or their subcomponents) and a proven record in publishing and securing external funding are all distinct advantages.

Further Information
For further information please contact Dr. Luisa Cristini (0471/4831-1681; or Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung 0471/4831-1761;

The full-time position is limited to October 31st 2020. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 1. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

This characterizes us
  • our scientific success - excellent research.
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – audited, and even more than that.
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – freedom and responsibility.
  • exciting topics – also in technology, administration and infrastructure.

Equal opportunities for women and men are an integral part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we encourage 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”.

We look forward to your application!
Please forward your application by March 1st 2019 exclusively online:

Best wishes,

Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research 
Bussestrasse 24
D-27570 Bremerhaven


Professor for Physics of the Climate System (Theory and Modelling)
Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering
University of Bremen
D-28334 Bremen 
Phone:  ++49 (0)471-4831-1761/1760
FAX:    ++49 (0)471-4831-1797
Mobile: ++49 (0)15146722091

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