[CRYOLIST] PostDoc position at AWI

Annette Rinke Annette.Rinke at awi.de
Mon Nov 6 01:42:21 PST 2017

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 
(Annette.Rinke at awi.de).

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: *personal.potsdam at awi.de*.
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