University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics

The position will be based in the research team “Climate Dynamics and Modeling” led by Prof. Aiko Voigt.

We are looking for a candidate to join our activities in the emerging field of storm-resolving climate models with kilometer-scale resolutions and explicit deep convection in the atmos-phere. These models represent a step change in the field of climate modeling and are currently being developed by international projects such as DYAMOND and NextGEMS ( and

One of our key goals is to use these storm-resolving models to make fundamental progress in understanding cloud-circulation coupling, and to thereby improve predictions of global and regional climate change. Another key goal is to learn how to work with the output of these models, as the massive amount of data that they produce challenges established work flows and calls for new analysis paradigms. This is often referred to as the “data avalanche”.

The position comes with substantial freedom. Depending on the interest and background of the candidate, it can focus on scientific aspects, technical aspects or both. At the end of June 2022, we will host the 2nd NextGEMS hackathon in Vienna. The candidate will be given the chance to participate in the hackathon, and will thereby be quickly introduced to relevant tools and the international community around storm-resolving models. The candidate will further have access to state-of-the HPC systems such as the Vienna Scientific Cluster and the German Climate Computing Centre.

The Department of Meteorology and Geophysics over the last years has filled three new professorships. Together with the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, the University of Vienna and Vienna‘s wider research environment, this creates a vibrant atmosphere and ample possibilities for collaborations and career development.

We are interested in candidates with a wide range of backgrounds. This includes meteorology, climate and physics, as well as data and computer science.

The position is available until 30.06.2023. We are aiming to fill it as soon as possible.

The position is vacant for the period of absence of a member of staff.

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
• Active contributions to the vibrant intellectual culture of the research team and the department at the University of Vienna
• Contribute to the climate modeling and analysis activities of the research team in the area of storm-resolving modeling
• Documentation of activities for further use. This can include a scientific publication, a report or development of code packages.
• Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement, and supervision of students

• A completed Doctoral or PhD degree in a relevant field
• A profound interest in climate science and climate modeling
• Excellent (written and spoken) communication skills in English
• Interest in working in a diverse international team
• Creativity and curiosity, as well as ability to work towards deadlines

Furthermore, the following skills will be strong assets:
• Experience in working with climate or weather models on high-performance computers
• Experience in programming, data analysis and software management (e.g., Python, git, parallel computing)

Your application should be a single PDF file that includes:
• A brief letter of motivation outlining your interest in the position, including whether you would like to focus on scientific or technical aspects (1 page)
• A curriculum vitae
• Contact information of 1 reference
• Copy of highest degree certificate

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fieldsImportance
Meteorology, Climatology

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 24.03.2022, mentioning reference number 12899.

For further information please contact Voigt, Aiko +43-1-4277-53740.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 12899

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