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Postdoctoral position - Geophysics and Meteorology (m/f)

The Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne (IGMK) invites applications for five

Postdoctoral positions (m/f)

starting as soon as possible with a weekly working time of 39.83 hours (100% position). The initial contracts are limited until December 31, 2018 with the possibility of extension for up to 4 years. The salary is based on the German E13 TV-L scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled. We offer a productive and interdisciplinary working atmosphere including several possibilities for career development. Following positions are available:
  • Fine-scale simulation of low level Arctic clouds
  • Arctic snowfall characterization using active and passive millimeter wave satellite data
  • Precipitation and cloud distribution response to aerosols in observations and modeling
  • Confronting ICON high-resolution modeling with supersite observations
  • Assumed PDF cloud schemes for the global climate model ICON and their interaction with radiation
Positions (1) and (2) are related to the Collaborative Research Center TR172 ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC) 3, which was recently approved by the German Science Foundation for an initial four year period and will start January 1, 2016. Within the TR172, IGMK together with the collaboration partners (Universities of Leipzig and Bremen, TROPOS and Alfred Wegener Institute) aim to better observe, understand and model processes leading to Arctic amplification.
Positions (3), (4) and (5) are related to the High Definition of Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction HD(CP) 2 project ( The project will start its second phase in spring 2016 for a three year period, subject to the grant agreement to be issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Here, the tools developed in Phase I, namely a high-resolution version of the ICON model and a comprehensive observational data base will be exploited to address scientific questions such as “How do clouds respond to perturbations in their aerosol environment?” or “What are controlling factors for boundary layer clouds?”
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We expect strong interest in atmospheric science with specialization in cloud modelling and observations, remote sensing, or statistical modelling, depending on the topic. Applicants should have a Master-of-Science-equivalent university degree in meteorology, geophysics, physics or mathematics and preferably hold a PhD degree. Experience in scientific programming, preferably in a UNIX/LINUX environment, and knowledge in computational modelling is highly desirable. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills both in written and spoken English.
The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.
Interested candidates should send a CV; a cover letter describing background, training and research interests; certificates; and the contact information of two referees as a single PDF to
Please clearly indicate which position(s) you apply for. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled, January 31, 2016 latest.
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