The Regional Computing Center invites applications for a

PHD Position in: Visual Feature Analysis from Individual Cases to Collections of Ensembles


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 01 July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The position calls for 100 % of standard work hours per week**.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The Transregional Collaborative Research Center "Waves to Weather" (W2W; SFB/TRR165; was established in July 2015 to address the great challenge of identifying the limits of weather predictability in different situations and to produce the best forecasts that are physically possible. W2W Phase 2 will start on 01 July 2019.

Project C9 within W2W ( is an interdisciplinary project linking visualization (computer science) and meteorological topics and aims at the development of novel visual data analysis techniques for meteorological research questions encountered within W2W. Collaborating projects in W2W target three-dimensional features in the atmosphere (e.g., jet streams and fronts) and their uncertainty as represented by ensemble forecasts. In C9, we will investigate novel approaches to visually analyze meteorological ensemble simulations by means of 3D feature detection and visual analytics.

As a PhD student in C9, you will carry out the above outlined interdisciplinary research at the intersection of computer science (visualization) and atmospheric science. You will closely collaborate with project partners at different W2W locations and actively contribute to the development of our 3D visual analysis package "Met.3D" ( In Hamburg, you will be part of a young and innovative, newly established visualization team at the Regional Computing Center of Universität Hamburg, tightly integrated into the local scientific environment including both computer and atmospheric sciences.

W2W features an innovative program for the development of early career researchers based on self-government. In addition to self-organized activities such as workshops, trainings and a guest program, the successful candidate will have the opportunity, if desired, to pursue an international research visit of at least one week. The consortium conducts an ambitious program to gradually enhance gender equality on all career levels within the academic fields combined in W2W.


A university degree in a relevant field. If you are enthusiastic about visualization, would like to contribute to the improvement of numerical weather prediction, have strong interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative work and hold a Master's degree in computer science, atmospheric science, physics or related fields, you are encouraged to apply. Programming skills are crucial for this position and good knowledge of preferably C++ and Python under Linux is required. Depending on your background, either skills in graphics programming or knowledge of meteorology (preferably numerical weather prediction and ensemble techniques) are desirable. You are highly motivated to learn the remaining topics. Knowledge of meteorological data formats, visualization techniques and machine learning techniques would also be of advantage. You are able to communicate in English and are engaged in teamwork.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Dr. Marc Rautenhaus ( or consult our website at

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by 24 July 2019 to: the W2W online application system at; select project "C9". The application deadline will be extended until the position is filled.

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

published: 08 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.