PhD or Postdoc Position in Climate Modeling and Paleoclimate Research in Central Asia

The Earth System Dynamics research group at the University of Tübingen, Germany, announces 1 PhD position or 1 Postdoc position associated with a new Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) project. The project is titled "Kipp-Punkte von Seesystemen in der ariden Zone Zentralasiens (Q-TiP)" ("Tipping points of lake systems in the arid zone of Central Asia") and investigates the climatic con-trols on water resources in Central Asia with regard to the development of arid environments and their relevance for scenarios of ongoing and potential future climate change. The questions addressed by the project are: "How do lake systems in arid environments sustain themselves and what are the tipping points leading to their disappearance?"

Candidates with interests in atmospheric general circulation modeling (AGCM) of paleoclimate during the existence and disappearance of mega-lakes in Central Asia should apply.

The candidate will conduct simulations with the German AGCM ECHAM5 for different times in the period from 3Ma to present day, process and analyze output using cutting edge software and methods from climatology, and collaborate with other geoscientists to address the questions asked by Q-TiP. State of the art facilities for high performance cluster computing are available for the project.

Requirements for applicants are written and spoken fluency in English and completion of an MSc degree (or equivalent) prior to appointment as a PhD candidate or completion of a PhD prior to appointment as a postdoctoral researcher. The start date for the positions is March 1, 2017. Proficiency in German is benefi-cial, but not required. The applicant is required to have basic knowledge of shell scripting and NCAR Command Language or the willingness to learn these in the early stages of the project.

The appointment is for a maximum 2.5 years and salaries are at the German TV-E13 level (75%) or higher.

Application materials should include: a CV and list of prior publications (if any), a 1-2 page cover letter with a statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees familiar with the candidate's research. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file via e-mail and in English. Questions concerning this position should be directed to Dr. Sebastian Mutz ( or Prof. Todd Ehlers ( Additional information about the Earth System Dynamics research group is available at: Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2016 via email to Tübingen is a university town and offers a high quality of living and numerous recreational opportunities within southern Germany and neighboring countries.

The University of Tübingen is committed to increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching positions and therefore encourages qualified candidates to apply. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified. Employment takes place via the Central Administration of the University.

posted: 08 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.