PhD position in mountain meteorology

Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Closing date: 28 February 2021

The Boundary Layer Meteorology (BLM) research group at the Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt is seeking a PhD student (E13 TV-GU) where the appointment would be for three years, and depending on success stepwise salary increases up to 75% TV-GU are intended. The position is to be filled starting in May 2021.

The position is within a German-Swiss project undertaken in collaboration with MeteoSwiss and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA). The project is related to atmospheric numerical modelling for the Swiss Greenhouse Gas Emission Monitoring System. The goal of the project is to conduct the research and technical developments required to maintain and improve the inverse modelling capacities in Switzerland. The project combines the complementary expertise of three different institutions, the expertise of the Goethe University Frankfurt in numerical modelling of atmospheric boundary layer processes, turbulence, and orographic flows, of EMPA in Lagrangian transport and inverse modelling, and of MeteoSwiss in operational numerical weather prediction.

The successful candidate will be part of a team studying mountain meteorology and boundary layer processes and will investigate the tracer transport over complex terrain. The transport and mixing of a passive tracer over complex terrain will be systematically investigated using large-eddy simulation (LES) for idealized and semi-idealized cases both representative of the Swiss Midlands. The aim is to explore the relevant accumulation and transport processes and their sensitivity to environmental conditions such as atmospheric stratification, surface forcing, and upper-level winds and to the properties of the underlying topography. Within the project, the PhD student will collaborate with the PostDoc (in the group) responsible for developing and testing improvements of the ICON model.

The university is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person who likes to work in a team and has a very good master degree (or equivalent) in meteorology, physics, applied mathematics, or a related field.

The university expects

  • Good programming skills (preferably in Python, Fortran, and Linux/Unix)
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing and presenting
  • A strong background in mountain and boundary layer meteorology and experience with modelling and analysis of atmospheric phenomena is of advantage

The successful candidate will be part of a young research group in a future-oriented research area with close partnerships with other research groups at the IAU (Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt), with research groups at other European universities, and the German met service (DWD).

Interested candidates are invited to submit applications (including CV, statement of interest, certificates, and contact information for referees) by E-mail to Dr Julian Quimbayo Duarte ( by 28 February 2021. In case of questions please contact Dr Quimbayo Duarte under his email address.


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