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[Met-jobs] Two PhD positions available at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): Climate Change and Extreme Events (ClimXtreme) Module A “Physics and Processes”

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Date Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:21:51 +0200

Two PhD positions available at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): Climate Change and Extreme Events (ClimXtreme) Module A “Physics and Processes”


ClimXtreme (Climate Change and Extreme Events) is a 3-year project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Module A “Physics and Processes” aims at achieving a comprehensive view of meteorological extremes in Europe under climate change with a focus on the period from the 20th and 21st century. In particular, the project focusses on an improved assessment of extreme weather events in Central Europe in a changing climate. The assessment comprises changes in frequency, severity, spatial distribution and duration of past and future storms, high precipitation events, summer dry/hot periods and convective hazards. We aim at understanding and quantifying the relevant causal mechanisms, and at validating these mechanisms in climate models in order to reduce uncertainty in future projections.


Within ClimXtreme Module A “Physics and Processes”, three positions are currently available at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). KIT is a distinguished research university that combines three core tasks — research, education and innovation — into a single mission. With 9,400 employees and 25,000 students, it is one of the largest institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe. KIT was awarded the title "University of Excellence" within the German Excellence Strategy launched by the federal and state governments on 19 July 2019. In the area of Atmospheric Science KIT was ranked #1 in Germany and #8 worldwide in the last Shanghai Ranking.


The positions are as follows:


A1: Scale Dependent Process Representation and Sensitivity Analysis for Most Extreme Events (SEVERE)

The main objectives of A1 is to analyse and evaluate the scale dependent representation of extreme (convective) precipitation events for the typical GCM/RCM scales by comparing and evaluating the frequency, intensity and regional foci of such events at different resolutions. Furthermore, downscaling of selected episodes will be performed at the convection permitting scale to analyse the contribution of synoptic scale processes to local processes and their sensitivity with respect to climate change.

Contact: Hendrik Feldmann (, Joaquim Pinto (

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A5: Role of multi-scale dynamical processes for the development of heat waves over Germany in the present and future climates” (DynProHeat)

The main objective of A5 is to compare the large to mesoscale dynamic and thermodynamic processes that shape present-day and future heat waves. Present-day and future heat waves are identified using a heat wave index applied to different Reanalysis and GCM/RCM climate simulations. The role of the large-to synoptic-scale dynamic set up of heat waves will be considered vs. thermodynamic aspects like heat accumulation in the boundary layer and the role of desiccated soils.

Contact: Andreas Fink (, Joaquim Pinto (

 Full description here:

The ideal candidate holds an MSc in Meteorology, Physics, or a closely related discipline and has a strong background in atmospheric dynamics or climate-change related research. Experience with scientific programming (e.g. linux, python, fortran, idl, ncl, cdo, Matlab, R) is required.

The position offers are subject to the reception of the formal approval letter by BMBF. The positions are remunerated according to TV-L E13 75% for three years starting on 01 October 2019. Applicants are asked to provide two academic referees.  Please send applications including a motivation letter, a CV, BSc and MSc transcript of records, and other qualifications to the contact persons of the selected project. The positions can be upgraded to 100% Post-Doc positions given an adequate qualification.

KIT actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion, and as an equal opportunity employer, KIT explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who will bring additional diversity to the university’s research and teaching. KIT provides support for dual career couples and families. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if suitably qualified.


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