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

From Roel Neggers <>
Date Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:07:37 +0200

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

    PhD Position in Meteorology

The objective of this research project in the InScAPE research group ( is to gain insight into the genesis and maintenance of spatial patterns in cumulus cloud populations. These patterns play an important role in cloud-circulation coupling in the subtropical Trade wind regions. High-resolution simulations will be combined with measurements made during the recent NARVAL2 and EUREC4A ( field campaigns in the Atlantic Trade wind region. Conceptual modeling involving ideas from game theory will be applied to test hypotheses concerning mechanisms behind spatial organization in cumulus cloud fields.


• Configuration and generation of large-eddy simulations based on field campaign data

• Evaluation of the model results against available cloud measurements

• Using a population dynamics model to gain insight into spatial organization of cumulus cloud fields in the subtropical Trade wind areas

• Scientific publication and communication of the obtained results


• Master’s Degree in Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics or related field

• A strong interest in the numerical simulation of geophysical flows, boundary-layer meteorology and clouds, conceptual modeling, and game theory

• Experience in scientific programming (Fortran, C++, Python) on UNIX/LINUX systems, preferably also on supercomputers

• An investigative mindset, and willingness to combine principles from different scientific disciplines to gain insight into complex systems

• 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, and 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 July 2020 on a part-time basis (75% position) and limited to three years. 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 for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services. 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.

Please send your convincing application including a motivation letter describing background, training, research interests, and motivation for this position; your CV, certificates and the contact information of two referees all merged into a single PDF via email to Prof. Dr. Roel Neggers (neggers[at] The application deadline is 15 May 2020.

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    :
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