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[Met-jobs] MPI-M PhD (W069)

From "Letscher, Reiner" <>
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Date Fri, 20 Dec 2019 08:16:05 +0000

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, a multidisciplinary centre for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for


1 PhD in the field of ice-flow modelling
and/or geophysical data analysis


The applicant will be part of the Ocean Physics Group at the MPI as member of the DFG-funded project SCALAR. The project aims to constrain the dynamic history of the Antarctic Ice Sheet using ice rises as an archive which can be deciphered using ice-dynamic modelling in conjunction with airborne radar sounding. This will deliver sorely needed constraints for Antarctica’s coastal regions helping to better understand Antarctica’s past and also its future. The main research focus of the project will be on 3D full-Stokes ice-flow modelling of ice rises investigating for example ice-ocean interactions using the model Elmer/Ice. The model simulations will then be supplemented with the analysis (e.g. subglacial structures) of ultra-wide band radar data, covering multiple ice rises in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica.


The numerical modelling will be led by Dr. C. Schannwell at the MPI in Hamburg (Germany) and geophysical data analysis is done in collaboration with the University of Tübingen (Jr. Prof. Reinhard Drews) and Prof. O. Eisen and Dr. D. Jansen at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. Further possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration in Hamburg are Earth System Modelling (Dr. U. Mikolajewicz) and ocean modelling (Prof. J. Marotzke), and in Tübingen ice mechanics (Prof. P. Bons, Prof. I. Weikusat) and glacial erosion (Prof. T. Ehlers).


Applications are sought from candidates with a M.Sc. (or equivalent) in geophysics, environmental physics, mathematics, geosciences, engineering or related areas. A good background in physics is required for the position. Basic knowledge of numerical analysis and/or geophysical data analysis is of advantage. Good skills in programming and computer science will be regarded favorably, since the applicant will work with large-scale computing systems (High-performance computing). We are open for applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and value teamwork and personal development. Proficiency in English is required.


Employment conditions

·       The position is offered for three years.

·       This Ph.D. position is part of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM).

·       Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions up to TVoeD E13/65%, including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.

·       The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

·       Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.


How to submit your application
Please submit
1) a cover letter,
2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and
3) copies of certificates.
by uploading the documents in our online application system:
To complete your application, two reference letters are required. Applicants are asked to forward to their referees the IMPRS-ESM template reference sheet and information letter. These can be downloaded from:

Please submit your application until 28 January 2020.


Further information on this position

For further information and questions concerning the position, please contact Dr. Clemens Schannwell (


Note that applications will be accepted only when submitted via the online application system (see link above).


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