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PhD: Radiative heating and cooling at cloud scale and its impact on dynamics

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Our ability to predict the weather up to a week or more ahead saves our societies billions of Euros annually and protects human life and property. The great challenge today is to identify the limits of weather predictability in different situations and produce the best forecasts that are physically possible.

On July 1st 2015, the Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Waves to Weather” (W2W; SFB/TRR165; http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de/) was established to address these issues and to deliver the underpinning science urgently needed to pave the way towards a new generation of weather forecasting systems.
The W2W consortium consists of:
- the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU, Munich)
- the Johannes Gutenberg-University (JGU, Mainz)
- the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with
- the Technische Universität München (TUM)
- the Heidelberg University, and
- the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, Munich).

The following PhD-position is available within the W2W consortium:

Location: Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Mayer

This PhD position will contribute to project B4 “Radiative heating and cooling at cloud scale and its impact on dynamics” of the W2W consortium.

Outline: We offer one PhD thesis to determine the effect of radiative heating and cooling (absorption of solar radiation, emission and absorption of infrared radiation) on cloud formation and weather development. Radiation is known to affect droplet growth in the first place and cloud dynamics in the second place. While these effects are known in principle, they have not been fully quantified due to the lack of reasonably fast radiation codes to be used in cloud models and numerical weather forecast models.
In our group we have been developing fast radiation codes to be run in the ICON LES model to accurately calculate radiative heating and cooling rates. In this context the successful PhD candidate will parameterize radiation effects, in particular non-resolved subgridscale effects, in a numerical weather forecast model (COSMO-DE, 2.8km) and study how the cloud scale effects propagate to the large scale and affect weather.

Requirements: A background in meteorology, physics, or a related subject is required. Some experience with radiative transfer and/or cloud modeling would be desirable.
The position is funded until June 2019. The successful PhD candidate will be remunerated according to TV-L 13 (75%) and should start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities and requirements are outlined on the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de. The position is a fixed-term employment contract until June 2019. The contract is time-limited according to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The salary scale is TV-L E13. Employment shall begin as soon as possible.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The W2W consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for this position.

Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de for more information) and should include the following components:
- CV
- letter of motivation
- research interests
- a record of studies
- master and bachelor certificates including a transcript of records
- the degree certificates
- contact information of two referees for letters of recommendation
- an English language certificate

For further information, please visit http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (audine.laurian@physik.uni-muenchen.de).

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How to apply:
Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de for more information).
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For further information, please visit http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (audine.laurian@physik.uni-muenchen.de).

Job profile


Working hours
Part-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
80333 Munich
Area of expertise
Physics, Geo Sciences