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[Met-jobs] PostDoc in Paleoclimate Modeling / Goethe Univ. Frankfurt/Main, Germany

From Bodo Ahrens <>
Date Sat, 15 Feb 2020 15:03:46 +0100

The Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (Mesoscale Meteorology 
and Climate Research Group) invites applications for a fixed-term position - 
available on 1st May 2020 or soon thereafter - for a

PostDoc in Palaeoclimate Modeling (VeWA Project C1) (m/w/d) 
(E13 TV-G-U, fulltime, 39 months tenure )

The salary follows the Goethe University pay structure (TV-G-U).

This position is based on research within the LOEWE consortium VeWA, 
specifically subproject C1. Climate proxy data for the Paleogene (>35 million 
years ago, >2x[CO2]) indicate a significantly smaller latitudinal temperature 
gradient in the temperate zones than today. There is a lack of proxy data in 
the polar regions. The project C1 will contribute to improve the understanding 
of the energy transport processes in the paleoclimate system. In addition, it 
aims at better understanding of polar amplification in an ice-free world and of 
changes in mid-latitude atmospheric circulation. Methodologically, this project 
will rely on sensitivity studies and inverse modelling using a global climate 
system model.

More details on VeWA can be found at

An enthusiasm to help with some academic teaching is desirable. A contribution 
to the public outreach initiative of VeWA is envisaged. 


Candidates with a Master's degree (MSc) in meteorology, oceanography, physics, 
mathematics or a related field and a PhD degree in one of the aforementioned 
areas should apply. Experience in performing and analysing experiments with a 
comprehensive climate system model is required. In addition, motivation and 
ability to participate in model development in an interdisciplinary and 
international environment is necessary. We expect a highly self-motivated 
student with excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in English. 
Furthermore, a general analytical (problem) solving skills, a willingness to 
occasionally work flexible hours, independence and organizational skills are 

Key to the success of VeWA will be cooperation and interaction amongst the VeWA 
researchers, co-PIs and PIs, as well as VeWA partners, such that teamwork and 
interpersonal skills are very important. The successful candidate will be 
trained in the relevant methods employed and supported by GRADE (Goethe 
Research Academy for Early Career Researchers). As part of VeWA, we offer 
excellent working conditions, an international multi-disciplinary working 
environment and excellent research infrastructure.

Goethe University is committed to equal rights and therefore we particularly 
encourage applications from female candidates and those from under-represented 
backgrounds. Equally qualified people with disabilities will be given priority.

Applications including a motivation letter, detailed CV, detailed description 
of research experience and interests (2 p. max), names and addresses of three 
scientific referees, should be sent as a single PDF document by e-mail to Ms. 
A. Radomilja Ruiz,, Institute for 
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, J.W. Goethe University, Altenhöferallee 
1, 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany, by 9th March 2020. Interviews are 
scheduled for the end of March 2020. Informal inquiries regarding this position 
can be sent to Prof.

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