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[Met-jobs] PhD position in rain-on-snowmelt climate modelling / Goethe Univ. Frankfurt/Main, Germany

From Bodo Ahrens <>
Date Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:20:50 +0100

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

Ph.D. Student on Rain-on-Snowmelt Flood Events under Climate Variability (all 
gender welcome)
(E13 TV-G-U, 75%-part time)
(36 months tenure)

The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective 
agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe University.

How does extreme flooding occur in rivers, and how does it develop in 
spatio-temporal terms? These are the questions that are examined by the 
“Space-Time Dynamics of Extreme Floods (SPATE,”-Research Unit funded by the Deutsche 

We are looking for a Ph.D. to research the variability of rain-on-snowmelt 
(ROS) events in a changing climate context. This involves the identification of 
climate drivers, analysis of climate simulations, and development of a 
stochastic ROS model. A key question is if observed temporal clusters of ROS 
events are by chance or explainable by predictors. The research shall be 
completed as part of the doctoral degree program at Goethe University.

Enthusiasm to help with some academic teaching is desirable. A contribution to 
the public outreach initiative of SPATE is envisaged.

Your profile:

        • Master’s (MSc) degree in meteorology, physics, mathematics or a 
related field
        • Excellent computer and statistics skills
        • Very good written and oral communication skills in English 
        • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and international 
        • Furthermore, general analytical (problem) solving skills, a 
willingness to occasionally work flexible hours, independence, and 
organizational skills are expected.
Key to the success of SPATE will be cooperation and interaction amongst the 
SPATE researchers, such that teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential. 
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 SPATE, we offer excellent working conditions, an international 
multidisciplinary working environment, and excellent research infrastructure.

Applications including a motivation letter, detailed CV, detailed description 
of research experience and interests (2 p. max), names and addresses of one or 
more scientific referees, should be sent as a single PDF document by e-mail to 
Ms. A. Radomilja Ruiz,, Institute for 
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Altenhöferallee 1, 60438 Frankfurt am 
Main, by 18th March 2020. Interviews are scheduled for April 2020. Informal 
inquiries regarding this position can be sent to Prof.

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