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[Met-jobs] [Met-Jobs] Postdoc in Atmospheric Complexity

From Jan Olaf Mirko Härter <>
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Date Tue, 3 Sep 2019 14:52:26 +0000

Postdoc in Atmospheric Complexity and Complex Systems

Convective clouds are known to interact. But how does this interaction structure the atmosphere? And how does it give rise to extreme precipitation?

The ERC-funded interdisciplinary Atmospheric Complexity team at Niels Bohr Institute is seeking a creative postdoctoral researcher for 2 years. The team’s focus is on the physics of atmospheric self-organization on varying spatio-temporal scales, in particular on the interaction of the convective cloud field and the origin of extreme precipitation in a changing climate. We use methods from non-equilibrium statistical physics, fluid dynamics and geoscience to describe, understand and generalize complex processes in the atmosphere. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.

Applicants are encouraged to present their own ideas on self-organization in convection within their application. You will be able to propose new theoretical approaches, as well as design and analyze numerical experiments. The scientific methodology is to idealize atmospheric convection in high-resolution large-eddy simulations and exploit high-resolution observational data, to gain conceptually new understanding on the mechanisms of convective self-organization and the development of extreme precipitation, e.g. flash floods or meso-scale organization. You will be working as part of the Atmospheric Complexity team and the complex systems community at Niels Bohr Institute.

You will have the opportunity to make strong research contributions within the field of convective self-organization, but will also be free to explore adjacent areas within complex systems research. You should have a Ph.D. in theoretical or applied physics, geo/atmospheric science, applied mathematics or a related field. You should be interested in building mathematical models of complex systems. Solid computational and mathematical skills will be necessary. Especially curiosity, personal drive, as well as strong social and communication skills are expected. Previous experience in climate research is not necessary, however, some prior experience in fluid dynamics will be useful.

Further information on the atmospheric complexity team is available at Inquiries about the position can be made to Jan O. Haerter (

The position is open from December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

NBI is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a work environment that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age.

Copenhagen is a family and bicycle-friendly European capital offering a high quality of life, a diverse cultural scene, parks and recreation, as well as easy access to a well-connected international airport.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

  • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
  • The basic salary is between DKK 34,000 and DKK 35,000 (4500/4700 €/month); a supplement can be negotiated depending on qualifications. 
  • In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).

Most non-Danish citizens are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions:

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking Apply online using the link:

Please include

  • CV including names and contact information of 3 personal references,
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent),
  • Motivation statement – description of current and future research plans,
  • Complete publication list,
  • Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2019, 23:59 GMT +2.

You can read about the recruitment process at

Jan O. Haerter
Associate Professor
Niels Bohr Institute
University of Copenhagen

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