Open Positions

The Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM), Germany, invites applications for

Two PhD Positions

  1. Validation of satellite observations of Arctic clouds
  2. Evaluation of ECMWF and ICON forecast quality of cloud properties using airborne dropsonde and cloud measurements in the Arctic

The positions are funded within the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TR172 on “ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³” (www.ac3-tr.de) by the German Research Foundation  (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Within the TR172, LIM together with the collaboration partners (Universities of Cologne and Bremen, TROPOS and Alfred Wegener Institute) aim to better observe, understand, and simulate processes leading to the current drastic climate changes in the Arctic.

Terms of employment

The PhD positions (65% TV-L E13) are awarded for 3 years with possible extension to up to four years. The positions are open starting from January 2021. We offer a productive and interdisciplinary working group including comprehensive supervision and integration into the thriving Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation (http://www.lgs-car.tropos.de/).

Details are given in the PDF.

Qualification requirements

For the PhD positions we expect strong interest in atmospheric science, in particular in cloud physics, remote sensing, radiative transfer, and climate. Applicants should have a Master in Meteorology or a related field. Experience in high-level scientific programming for data analysis is desirable. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

Applications

Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing background; a CV, training and research interests; certificates; and the contact information of two referees as a single PDF to

michael.schaefer[at]uni-leipzig.de.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Selection

The selection for the position will be based solely on scientific merit without regard to gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital or family status or other differences. Among equally qualified candidates, handicapped candidates will be given preference.

The section Physics of the Atmosphere at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) funded within the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TR172 on “ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³” (www.ac3-tr.de) by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Within the TR172, AWI together with the collaboration partners (Universities of Leipzig, Cologne and Bremen, TROPOS) aim to better observe, understand, and simulate processes leading to the current drastic climate changes in the Arctic. Specifically, the title of the PhD project at AWI is:

Impact of oceanic heat advection on the atmospheric column in the North Atlantic Arctic

The North Atlantic region of the Arctic is affected by meridional heat advection in atmosphere and ocean that contribute to the Arctic amplification of global warming. Triggered by atmospheric long-term observations from the AWIPEV research base in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, this PhD project will focus on the impact of the oceanic heat flux on the vertical atmospheric structure in the Svalbard region. The relation of northbound cyclones, wind stress and hydrographic anomalies from the North Atlantic will be analysed in close cooperation with other (AC)3 subprojects. The basis will be in-situ and remote sensing observations of atmospheric and oceanic parameters, in combination with reanalysis and regional climate model data. The analysis will involve the interaction on different scales from the underlying large scale atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns (e.g. NAO, AMOC) to regional and local processes and feedbacks. The objective of the PhD project is the quantification of the oceanic contribution to the observed atmospheric warming in the North Atlantic region of the Arctic.

Requirements

Diploma/M.Sc. degree in meteorology, oceanography, physics, geosciences, or related fields. Good skills in statistical data analysis and scientific programming (Matlab, R, Python, Fortran, C, or similar). Interest in dynamics and physics of the atmosphere and ocean is expected. Experience in handling reanalysis and climate model data and working with Unix-like operating systems is an advantage. Good English language skills are expected.

https://www.awi.de/arbeiten-lernen/jobs/stellenangebote.html

https://www.awi.de/en/work-study/jobs/job-offer.html

Further Information

For further information,please contact Dr. Marion Marturilli (Marion.Maturilli[at]awi.de; +49(331)288-2109)

The targeted starting date is 1st September 2020.
This position limited to December 31, 2023. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Potsdam.

All doctoral candidates will be members of AWI’s postgraduate program POLMAR or another graduate school and thus benefit from a comprehensive training program and extensive support measures.

The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success – excellent research.
  • collaboration and cooperation – intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

We look forward to your application!

Please forward your application by October 15th 2020 exclusively online.
Reference number 20/121/D/Kli-b

The Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM) at the University of Leipzig is offering a

3-year PhD position (f/m/d)
German federal pay scale E13 TV-L (75 %)

in the research area

Surface albedo parameterization of the central Arctic for climate modeling based on MOSAiC observations

The position is funded within the BMBF research programme: „MARE:N – Küsten-, Meeres- und Polarforschung für Nachhaltigkeit“ to promote the evaluation of the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) data set in conjunction with Arctic modeling and remote sensing applications.

Terms of employment

The PhD position (75% TV-L E13) are awarded for 3 years. The position is open starting from November 2020. We offer a productive and interdisciplinary working group including comprehensive supervision and integration into the thriving Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation (http://www.lgs-car.tropos.de/). Further, LIM is strongly involved in the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) funded Transregio on Artic Amplifications (AC)³, investigating the impact of climate change in the Arctic.

The planned work is part of a joint research project together with TU Braunschweig. The research of the PhD will focus on the evaluation and improvement of the surface albedo parametrization schemes of climate models for an application in an Arctic environment. For that purpose, airborne radiation and camera data obtained with the helicopter borne meteorological sonde “Helipod” during MOSAiC by TU Braunschweig are intended to be coupled with three-dimensional (3D) radiative transfer modeling. The combination of experimental data and radiative modeling will be used to quantify the impact of atmospheric inhomogeneity on the solar reflection properties of the evolving and complex Arctic surface on typical spatial scales covered by regional climate models and satellite footprint sizes. This quantification will help to adjust the surface albedo parametrization of existing climate models.

Qualification requirements

For the PhD position we expect strong interest in atmospheric science, in particular in cloud physics, remote sensing, radiative transfer, and climate. Applicants should have a Master in Meteorology or a related field. Experience in high-level scientific programming for data analysis is required. Experience in cloud, aerosol, and/or radiation physics and atmospheric modelling would be advantageous. Candidates must possess good communication skills in written and spoken English.

Applications

Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing background; a CV, training and research interests; certificates; and the contact information of two referees as a single PDF to

e.jaekel[at]uni-leipzig.de

The review of the applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

Selection

The selection for the position will be based solely on scientific merit without regard to gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital or family status or other differences.  Among equally qualified candidates, handicapped candidates will be given preference.

Notes on the Data Protection

By sending us your application documents you consent to the processing of the data contained within for the purpose of the selection process for the advertised position. You can revoke your consent at any time. The processing takes place exclusively for this selection process and is carried out on the basis of Article 6 of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This includes passing on data to the members of the selection committee, the HR office, the Commissioner for Equal Opportunities, the Representative Body for Severely Disabled Employees and the Staff Council as part of their organizational or legal responsibilities. Your data will be stored for a maximum of 6 months following completion of the selection process and subsequently deleted.

In accordance with the GDPR you have the right to receive information from the recipient of the application about your personal data, the right to correction, deletion or restriction of processing, as well as a right to object to processing.

If you have any questions, please contact the Leipzig University data protection officer (Mr Thomas Braatz, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig, Tel.: 0341-9730081).