Postdoc position in EXCLAIM project – Urban modeling

ETH Zurich

The Extreme-scale computing and data platform for cloud-resolving weather and climate modelling project EXCLAIM is an open ETH project that aims at developing infrastructure capable of deeply impacting our ability to model the regional to global ocean-sea-ice-atmosphere-land coupled system. The modelling platform is based on the ICOsahedral Nonhydrostatic Model (ICON) system that was developed primarily by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) and Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M). Within the scope of EXCLAIM, we are looking for a highly motivated scientist to complement the ongoing development by utilizing the model for regional-scale urban modelling over Switzerland.

Job description

The research focuses on understanding the impact of Swiss cities on the regional-scale flow on both weather and climate time scales. ICON will be used for the study, which is being coupled to the urban canopy parameterization TERRA_URB as part of the COSMO Priority Project CITTA’. The first step will therefore be to port and test ICON (with TERRA_URB) over the Swiss domain. Evaluation against relevant observation is critical as the combination has not been tested on the Swiss domain before.

The scientist will have close interactions with the Climate and Water Cycle group members led by Christoph Schär and will benefit from their extensive modelling experience. Interaction with the urban modelling team at the German Weather Service (DWD) and the broader urban climate community in Switzerland is also expected.


Your profile

  • PhD in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics, or a related field with good scientific computing experience
  • Good understanding of urban canopy parameterization
  • Experience in handling large codes (Fortran preferable)
  • Experience in GIS is not essential but good to have
  • The ability to work both in a team and independently.
  • Good English language skills

ETH Zurich

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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV with list of publication
  • 2-3 references

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