PhD position in the field of atmospheric convection

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
Closing date: 31 March 2019

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, a multidisciplinary centre for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for 1 PhD in the field of atmospheric convection (W058).

The applicant will be part of the Minerva Research Group “Cloud-Wave Coupling” and will investigate the interactions between convection, clouds and convectively-generated atmospheric waves. This task will involve designing and conducting numerical experiments with the ICON model.

Qualifications / Experience

  • The applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. or diploma in meteorology, geosciences, physics, mathematics, or a related field.
  • A good knowledge in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics is required.
  • Basic knowledge of numerical analysis and statistical methods is of advantage.
  • Good skills in programming and computer science will be regarded very favorably, since the applicant will work with large-scale computing systems (unix or GNU/linux OS, parallel computing).

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for three years.
  • This Ph.D. position is part of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM).
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions up to TVoeD E13/65%, including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applica-tions from all backgrounds.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

How to submit your application
Please submit

  • a cover letter,
  • a detailed curriculum vitae, and
  • copies of certificates

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

To complete your application, two reference letters are required. Applicants are asked to forward to their referees the IMPRS-ESM template reference sheet and information letter. These can be downloaded from:

Please submit your application until 31 March 2019.

Further information on this position
For further information, please contact Dr. Claudia Stephan (

Note that applications will be accepted only when submitted via the online application system (see link above).

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