Group Leader in Climate Dynamics

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
Closing date: 14 June 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary center for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of the premier climate science research institutes in the world. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable and vibrant cities, it provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment to conduct scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities.

The Climate Dynamics Department at MPI-M invites applications for the following position

Group Leader in Climate Dynamics (W-0022 | all genders)

to lead the Idealized Modeling Group, which focuses on the use of model hierarchies and/or idealized experiments to develop and test ideas for fundamental questions in the broad field of large-scale atmospheric dynamics. The research questions to address include, but are not limited to,

  • How does inter-hemispheric energy contrasts induce cross-equatorial winds?
  • What is the dynamical constraint on equilibrium climate sensitivity?
  • What is the mechanism for the hemispheric symmetry in planetary albedo?
  • What dynamical constraint determines the weakening of the tropical convective mass flux?
  • How do clouds modulate the large-scale atmospheric circulation?

Your responsibilities

  • Design numerical experiments to test different hypotheses
  • Supervise doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, as well as research students if the opportunity arises

The position will be offered for a 6 year period, with a review and assessment for permanent employment to take place in the sixth year.

Your profile

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Meteorology, Atmospheric or Climate Sciences or a related discipline by the start date. Preferably with first postdoctoral experience in atmospheric/climate science
  • Demonstrated capability to publish top-quality research papers
  • Excellent analytical and programming skills
  • Intellectual independence
  • Willingness and expected ability to guide young scholars
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

The offer

  • Participation in a challenging part of science in an international, intellectually stimulating environment
  • Access to complex workflows on the bleeding edge of what is technologically possible, as well as working for and with an open-source community
  • Very good opportunities for self-realization, freedom in and influence upon the decisions what to do, and how to do it
  • Excellent opportunities for further (self-)training and development, self-organized and/or in external events, including supervisory experience
  • A network of very experienced and innovative colleagues within the institute, and at partner institutions with a long-proven tradition of sharing knowledge and information
  • Possibility for flexible time-management and measures to support work-life balance
  • Attractive subsidy for job ticket in Hamburg (DeutschlandJobTicket)

Employment conditions

  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions depending on qualification (E14 TVöD), 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 Science and those of the German civil service
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds
  • The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals

Selection criteria

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

Applications received before 14 June 2024 will receive full consideration.

The application documents should include

  • A cover letter and
  • A two-page research statement summarising previous research and proposing the research to be carried out in the new idealised modelling group
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • And the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two references

For further information, please contact Dr. Sarah Kang. Please do not forward your application to this email address.

The application documents should include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, relevant certificates, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees. All documents (PDF only) need to be submitted through the online application system.


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