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The section Climate Dynamics invites applications for a position as PostDoc (High-resolution climate modelling with an Arctic focus)

This position is part of the APPLICATE project (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climaTE), which is funded through EU Horizon 2020 Programme. APPLICATE involves 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and is coordinated at AWI (Prof Jung).

Background and Tasks:

The rapid decline of Arctic sea ice and its potential impact on the weather and climate in mid-latitudes has attracted considerable scientific interest in recent years. Climate models are important tools to understand the physics of climate change including teleconnections; and they are used for predicting natural variability and making projection of future changes.

You will work with some of the leading European climate scientists in improving the representation of key process in the Arctic in global climate models.Furthermore, the influence of enhanced models on the predictive skill and the response to anthropogenic forcing will be determined. More specifically, you will improve the representation of Arctic processes in the AWI climate model - the first model that employs a sea ice-ocean model formulated on unstructured meshes. The mesh flexibility of the sea ice-ocean model will be used to increase horizontal resolution in the Arctic while keeping a relatively coarse setup elsewhere. Furthermore, the impact of improvements to parametrizations (e.g. surface drag coefficient) will be tested. You will also contribute to a synthesis on how model improvements in the Arctic influence predictive capacity from daily to multi-decadal time scales.


You must have a PhD in one of the following fields: meteorology, oceanography, climate sciences, physics or mathematics. Demonstrated skill/proficiency in Fortran, fluency in English, experience with running and analyzing complex models of the coupled climate system (or their subcomponents) and a proven record in publishing and securing external funding are all distinct advantages.

For further information please contact Prof Thomas Jung (E-Mail: Thomas.Jung(at), Phone: +49(0)471-4831-1761). jung.html

The position is limited to 3 years, starting on October 1st 2017. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.

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 and two references / letters of recommendation) by September 17th, 2017 referencing code 94/D/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..