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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Arctic meteorology (University of Cologne, Germany)

From Roel Neggers <>
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:51:54 +0100

The Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology at the University of Cologne (UoC) in Germany invites applications for a

PhD Position in Arctic Meteorology

The position is funded within the Collaborative Research Center TR172 Arctic Amplification (AC)3 (, which currently enters its second phase (January 2020). Within the TR172, this project investigates which processes control the evolution of cloudy Arctic mixed-layers as embedded in intrusions of warm and moist air into the high Arctic. High-resolution simulations will be combined with long-term meteorological measurements made during the ongoing international MOSAiC field-campaign ( More information about the project is provided online at This research position is part of the InScAPE research group ( led by Prof. Roel Neggers.

  • Configuration and generation of a library of high-resolution large-eddy simulations of Arctic clouds and turbulence
  • Evaluation of the model results against relevant MOSAiC measurements
  • Statistical interpretation of big data to identify controls on Arctic mixed-layer evolution
  • Testing hypotheses concerning the formation and maintenance of capping humidity layers above the thermal inversion as observed during MOSAiC
  • Scientific publication and communication of obtained results
  • Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics or related field
  • A strong interest in high-resolution numerical simulation of geophysical flows, boundary-layer meteorology, Arctic clouds and climate, and conceptual modeling
  • Experience in scientific programming (Fortran, C++, Python) on UNIX/LINUX systems, preferably also on supercomputers
  • An investigative mindset, highly motivated to gain scientific insight into an ongoing major shift in Earth's climate (Arctic Amplification)
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English, as well as a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • An exciting research project, interaction with scientists both nationally and internationally, the opportunity to obtain a PhD degree
  • A diverse and fair working environment
  • Support in reconciling work and family life
  • Extensive and advanced training opportunities, including enrollment in the Graduate School of GeoSciences
  • Occupational health management offers
  • Local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees
The position is available from 1 March 2020 and limited to three years (possible extension by up to 10 months). If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group TV-L 13 of the pay scale (at 65%) for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with special needs or of equal status.

Interested candidates should send a complete application package (CV; motivation letter describing background, training and research interests matching the position; degree certificates; and contact information of two references) as a single PDF to Roel Neggers ( no later than 15 February 2020. Interviews with selected candidates will start subsequently, with the position remaining open until filled.

Kind regards,
  Roel Neggers

Prof. Dr. Roel A. J. Neggers
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology
University of Cologne
Pohligstr. 3
50969 Cologne
Tel      : +49 221 470 1614
Email    :
Internet :

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