Senior Scientist in Climate Dynamics and Modeling

Department of Meteorology and Geophysics

The research team “Climate Dynamics and Modeling” led by Prof. Aiko Voigt is part of the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics. We integrate innovative research, excellent teaching, and accessible outreach. One of our priorities is to find answers to fundamental questions in climate science, another one is to explore how our research can benefit practical applications. While we study a variety of topics ranging from climate change to Earth-like extrasolar planets, all of our activities are related to clouds, radiation and the circulation of the atmosphere. Climate models form the backbone of our work. This includes in particular models that simulate the global climate system at kilometer-scale resolution.


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We are looking for a senior scientist to join our team. Together with Aiko Voigt, you will coordinate and lead the team’s modeling and data analysis activities. You will also have substantial freedom to articulate a research program that reflects your interests and expertise and complements the activities of the team. For example, your research program could harness exascale computing and kilometer-scale climate modeling, and build upon the growing interactions between climate, weather and data science.

The envisioned start date is 1 June 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter, with flexibility to accommodate the needs of the successful candidate. The position is initially limited to 3 years. A transition to a permanent position is possible through mutual agreement.

What you will be doing:

  • You coordinate the modeling and data analysis activities of the team together with Aiko Voigt and assist other team members.
  • You teach independently (up to 4 hours per week), including supervision of students.
  • You perform independent research and disseminate its results through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences.
  • You apply for third-party funding and HPC resources (e.g., at VSC and EuroHPC JU).
  • You contribute to the vibrant social and intellectual culture of the department.
  • You contribute to organizational and administrative tasks.

What we expect from you: 

  • A Ph.D. in climate science, atmospheric sciences, meteorology or a related field
  • Profound experience with climate models or numerical weather prediction models on high-performance computers; experience with the ICON model is a plus
  • Strong skills in programming, data analysis and software management
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Creativity and curiosity, as well as the ability to work toward deadlines
  • Willingness to work interdisciplinary and collaborate with other actors at the University of Vienna, for example within the newly established Environment and Climate Hub

What we offer:

A long-term career: The position can turn into a permanent position.

Work-life balance: You have flexible working hours and can also work remotely (part-time if necessary by arrangement).

Inspiring and supportive working atmosphere: You will be part of an international team in a healthy and fair working environment with an excellent research infrastructure.

Training and coaching: We offer you the opportunity to develop your skills on an ongoing basis.

Fair salary plus health care and social benefits: The basic salary of EUR 4.752,30 (before taxes, 14 times per year) will be increased if we can credit professional experience.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in our team!

The University of Vienna aims to become carbon neutral until 2030: We fully support low-carbon options for traveling.

It is that easy to apply:

  • A curriculum vitae including publications, teaching and third-party funding
  • A description of your research and teaching interests and your longer-term research plan (max 2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of 2 persons that, upon request, can provide a recommendation letter
  • Via our job portal / Apply now – button

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