Postdoctoral Scientist

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary
centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. It has an
internationally recognised reputation in climate modelling. The MPI-M is
located in the heart of one of Europe’s most liveable and vibrant
cities. It provides a highly international and interdisciplinary
environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to
state-of-the-art scientific facilities.

In the department The Atmosphere in the Earth System, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (W057)

to conduct research in the area of mesoscale meteorology with a focus on
convective processes and cold pools. The successful candidate will
conduct and analyse convection-permitting up to large-eddy simulations
on large domains and will combine these results with innovative
measurements that will be collected during the field campaign FESSTVaL.
The successful candidate will also be part of the Hans Ertel Zentrum for
Weather Research, a network between German research institutions and the
German Weather Service (DWD).


·Conduct process studies related to cold pools, e.g. concerning
interactions between cold pools and convection or cold pools and the
land surface. There is freedom for the candidate to define his/her own
research question in this broad research area.

·Participate in and contribute to the field campaign FESSTVaL (to be
held in Lindenberg, summer 2020)

·Perform and analyze simulations with the ICON-LEM model

·Disseminate the results through high quality peer-review publications
and presentations at conferences


·A PhD in applied mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or a
related field is required for this position.

·Previous experience in atmospheric science and in atmospheric modelling
is of advantage. Strong technical skills are also of advantage.

·Ability to effectively communicate the results within the project and
to outside colleagues as well as the ability to publish in international
journals, the latter demonstrated by at least one first author
publication in a recognized scientific journal.

Employment conditions

·The position is offered for 3 years and 6 months with a starting date
as soon as possible.

·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. We
welcome applications from all backgrounds.

·Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential

Selection criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability
to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to submit your application for this post

Please submit:

1. A cover letter including a short statement presenting your research
2. A detailed curriculum vitae incl. a list of publications
3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees

by uploading the documents in our online application system:


Deadline for applying

Applications received prior to 4 March 2019 will receive full
consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled.

For further information, please contact Dr Cathy Hohenegger
(cathy.hohenegger (at)

Do not forward your application to this email address; the applications
need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).

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