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PostDoc position at AWI

Annette Rinke
The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The section Physics of the Atmosphere in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a

PostDoc position in climate modelling
with a focus on the coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean Arctic climate system.

To date, climate models have still deficits in the reproduction of the observed accelerated Arctic sea-ice retreat. One of the reasons consists in the insufficient representation of physical processes governing air-ice-ocean interaction. This position is part of the project QUARCCS “Quantifying Rapid Climate Change in the Arctic: Regional feedbacks and large-scale impacts” (<>) funded by the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) within the Joint German-Russian Scientific and Technological Cooperation. The project aims is to quantify the spatio-temporal variability and trend in key Arctic atmospheric and sea ice variables and to understand regional feedback mechanisms responsible for Arctic climate change.

The candidate will analyze ensemble simulations of the coupled regional Arctic climate model HIRHAM-NAOSIM, laterally driven by ERA-Interim data from 1979 to present. The work will evaluate the simulated regional patterns of atmospheric and sea ice thermodynamic and dynamic variables and their seasonal and interannual variability and trends, with focus on sea ice drift and related wind forcing.  The work aims to interpret observed trends and to distinguish between oceanic and atmospheric drivers for sea ice changes, and to quantify contributions to Arctic amplification. The candidate is encouraged to develop own related research questions which fit into the project goal.

The position requires a PhD degree in physics, meteorology, oceanography or a related field. Experience in climate modelling and a good knowledge in climate physics and dynamics with a focus on the atmosphere and/or sea ice are required. Profound knowledge in scientific programming, and skills in the programming language Fortran and Unix-like operating systems are required. Good English language skills are expected. The applicant is expected to disseminate results on international conferences and in leading scientific journals.

For more information, please contact Dr.  Annette Rinke ([hidden email]).

Employment is limited to 18 month. The targeted starting date is January 1st, 2018. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13. The place of employment will be Potsdam.

AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (cover letter with motivation, CV, publication record, and two references) by November  17, 2017 referencing code 158/D/Kli-P via email (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: [hidden email].

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