PostDoc position – coordination of FESSTVaL field campaign

Universität Hamburg
Closing date: 19 December 2018

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “Coordination of FESSTVaL campaign” in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences on 1.1.2019.

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 14 and calls for 39 hours per week.
The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed to 31.12.2022.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
Scientific and organizational coordination of the meteorological field campaign FESSTVaL (Field Experiment on Submesoscale Spatio-Temporal Variability in Lindenberg).

Submesocale processes and features, which happen on scales from 1 to 10 km like gusts or cold pools formed by evaporation of rain, are of increasing relevance for numerical weather prediction but difficult to measure by coarse scale observational networks. To fill this gap, all partners of the Hans Ertel Centre for Weather Research (HErZ) initiated the FESSTVaL campaign taking place at the Meteorological Observatory Lindenberg of German Meteorological Service (DWD) in summer 2020. The campaign will provide reference data to enhance process understanding, to evaluate models and to guide the design of future observational networks.

The coordinator will be the central contact person for FESSTVaL. The successful candidate will develop and implement a joint measurement strategy together with all partners, in particular with DWD and the HErZ groups at the Universities Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology. He or she will organize the infrastructure of the campaign (site acquisition, data transfer, etc.). During the campaign, continuous operation of the instruments needs to be supervised by establishing (near) real-time quality control and data monitoring. The coordinator will also support the FESSTVaL summer school in 2020. After the campaign, the coordinator will be responsible to collect and harmonize the observations to generate reference data sets characterizing submesoscale processes and features.

A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. Fluency in German and English language; experience in experimental meteorology; willingness to frequently travel on business including extended stays at Lindenberg (Brandenburg); very good coordination and communication skills. A scientific background in one of the research areas of FESSTVaL (Cold Pools, boundary layer patterns, wind and turbulence) is a plus.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

For further information, please contact Felix Ament ( or consult our website at to download the FESSTVaL white paper or to learn more about the Hans Ertel Center for Weather Research.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). The application deadline is 19 December 2018. Please send applications to: (as one PDF-File) or to Meteorologisches Institut, Universität Hamburg, Bundesstrasse 55, 20146 Hamburg.


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