Postdoc position in the field of atmospheric gravity waves

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
Closing date: 31 December 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is known worldwide for its breadth of climate research. Located right next to the German Centre for Climate Computing in Hamburg, the institute has access to state-of-the-art facilities for conducting scientific research. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment and is situated in the heart of one of Europe’s most liveable cities.

The MPI-M has opened a position for a Postdoctoral Scientist (W079).

The successful applicant will join a collaborative project between MPI-M and international partners including Stanford University, New York University, Rice University, and the UK Met Office. The project aims at developing data-driven parameterizations of atmospheric gravity waves and exploring their impact on climate variability and change. The project involves novel balloon-based observations, high-resolution atmospheric model simulations, and machine learning.


  • Perform and analyze high-resolution simulations with the ICON model to study the generation and propagation of atmospheric gravity waves.
  • Contribute to the development of artificial-intelligence-based parameterizations for global climate models.
  • Disseminate the results through high quality peer-review publications and presentations at conferences.
  • Actively contribute to the vibrant intellectual culture of the institute.


  • A PhD in physics, atmospheric science, mathematics, or a related field, preferably with research experience in the area of atmospheric convection and/or climate model parameterizations.
  • Excellent programming skills and experience working with atmospheric or fluid dynamic models.
  • An ability to work independently and to effectively communicate (both in writing and orally) their research to colleagues and the scientific community more broadly.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally (COVID-19 permitting) to visit partner institutions.

Employment conditions

  • The initial appointment is for 2 years with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years.
  • 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 Society strives for gender and diversity equality and heartily welcomes applications from all backgrounds.
  • Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on qualifications as assessed through their track record of accomplishment and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to submit your application for this post

  • Please submit:
  • A concise letter of motivation outlining your interest in the position
  • A curriculum vitae incl. a list of publications
  • The names and contact data for two referees

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying

Applications received prior to 31 December 2020 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. The preferred start date is spring 2021, but may be negotiable, particularly in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

For further information, please contact Dr. Claudia Stephan: (claudia.stephan(at)


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