Postdoc position on turbulence in mountainous terrain

University of Innsbruck, Austria
Closing date: 15 May 2024

The Atmospheric Turbulence group of the Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN) at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in turbulence in mountainous terrain, with a focus on turbulence measurements and studies of turbulence in thermally driven flows over mountains.

The successful candidate will work as part of the ERC Consolidator Grant “Developing a novel framework for understanding near-surface turbulence in complex terrain (Unicorn)”, led by Prof. Ivana Stiperski. Unicorn aims to

  • understand the processes that cause differences between turbulence in flat and mountainous terrain, and
  • develop approaches that extend similarity theory to complex terrain.

The postdoctoral researcher will help organize and actively participate in a number of field campaigns in Austria organized through Unicorn, especially related to the TEAMx programme. She/he will examine turbulence characteristics in relation to thermally driven flows over a variety of surfaces through the means of measurement data and theoretical concepts.

The positionis for a total duration of 2 years with a possibility of a half year extension (depending on start date of the position). The position is at a junior Postdoc level and the remuneration will be based on the Austrian collective agreement for university employees (representative figures are provided by the Austrian Science Fund,

Essential qualifications:
PhD in Meteorology/Atmospheric science (or being close to completion); active experience with field work and atmospheric field observations; excellent oral and written communication skills in English; strong motivation, curiosity and creativity; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team.

experience with eddy covariance measurements, turbulence data post-processing and theoretical turbulence modelling are an advantage; experience with machine learning and deep learning is an advantage.

Applications received before 15 May 2024, will be given full consideration. The application package should be submitted via e-mail to Ivana Stiperski ( and should include the following information:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A formal letter of motivation, stating your interest and qualifications for the position
  • A Research statement explaining why you are interested in the topic of turbulence in mountainous terrain and what particular aspects of the topic you would like to work on in your research
  • PhD thesis abstract
  • Contact information for two referees.

University of Innsbruck aims at increasing the proportion of women at all employment levels, and therefore the applications by qualified women are especially encouraged.