PhD position: Theory and Efficient Modelling of Orographic Gravity Waves

Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Closing date: 27 July 2022

The research group Theory of Atmospheric Dynamics and Climate at the Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences of the Goethe University in the city of Frankfurt/Main ( invites applications for a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
PhD Student position
(E13 TV-G-U, 75% part-time)

The position is limited until 28.02.2026 and it is funded by the VESRI project DataWave (, with international partners at Stanford University, New York University, Rice University, the UK Met Office, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to the Goethe University.

The proposed research will deal with the

Theory and efficient modelling of atmospheric gravity waves.

The focus will be on mountain waves in the advanced gravity wave module MS-GWaM. A parameterization for gravity wave excitation by mountains will be developed and validated against wave resolving simulations. This will be optimized using machine learning (ML). Contributions to related theoretical work in the research group would be welcome.

Information on the research group can be found at Its focus is on scale interactions in atmospheric dynamics, applied e.g. to large-scale low-frequency variability or gravity-wave dynamics. Middle-atmosphere dynamics is another field of work. Methods employed are e.g. multi-scale asymptotics, stochastics, and numerical simulations. Inquiries should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Achatz (

Applicants should have a very good MSc in meteorology, physics or a related field. Expected is a strong background in atmospheric dynamics and in theory and/or modeling. Experience in the development of numerical codes would also be required.

The university is committed to equal rights for women and men and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. Severely disabled persons are given priority in the case of equal qualifications.

Applications and deadline
Please send applications with reference to the code B06_PhD_GUF as one single pdf file to, including (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) a CV, and (iii) copies of all relevant certificates by 27.07.2022. For further information, please contact