Post-doc position: further development and analysis of a gravity wave (GW) permitting version of ICON

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), Hamburg, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. It has an internationally recognised reputation in climate modelling. Within the DFG project GWING (Gravity Wave Interactions in the Global Atmosphere) part of the MS-GWaves (Multi-Scale Dynamics of Gravity Waves) Research Unit, MPI-M is looking for a Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f; W048) with a strong background in atmospheric modelling and analysis, numerical mathematics, or computational science. Within the department “The Atmosphere in the Earth System”, the successful applicant will work with the atmospheric general circulation model ICON.

His/her tasks will be the further development and analysis of a gravity wave (GW) permitting version of ICON covering the atmosphere from the surface to the lower thermosphere. The analysis should focus on the role of GWs for sudden stratospheric warmings and for circulation changes under climate change. The task will be performed in close collaboration with partners from the German weather service (DWD) and several other German research institutions.

More information on the project is provided at https://ms-gwaves.iau.uni-frankfurt.de/index.php/de/projekte/gwing.

A PhD in meteorology, oceanography, physics, applied mathematics or computational science is required for this position.  Previous experience in the application of numerical methods to solve PDEs and modelling of atmospheric dynamics is of advantage. The applicant should additionally have expertise in scientific computing, including programming skills (Fortran, Unix-type platforms, shell scripting).

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 3 years, with a starting in early 2018.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:

  • A cover letter in which to articulate in particular your major scientific accomplishment
  • A detailed curriculum vitae incl. a list of publications
  • The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying
This vacancy has been opened 8 January 2018. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 31 January 2018. If the position is not filled, this vacancy announcement will be republished indicating a second cut-off date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Hauke Schmidt (hauke.schmidt@mpimet.mpg.de).

Do not forward your application to this email address; the applications need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).