PostDoc, section "Climate Dynamics"

Code: 8/D/Kli
Faculty: Science
Job type: Full time
Location: Bremerhaven

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 and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The section "Climate Dynamics" invites applications for a position as a PostDoc

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 by EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation programme. APPLICATE involves 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and is coordinated by 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. However, there is still considerable scientific debate around the question of how strong the influence of the Arctic on lower latitudes actually is and what the underlying mechanisms for such teleconnections in atmosphere and ocean are.

The incumbent will work with some of the leading European climate scientist in carrying out a set of coordinated multi-model experiments. More specifically, the postdoc will set up, run and analyse numerical experiments with the AWI climate model-the first model that employs a sea ice-ocean model formulated on unstructured meshes-in which the impact of Arctic sea ice decline can be studied in a controlled way. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to set up, run and analyse relaxation experiments in which the atmosphere is nudged towards reanalysis data in the Arctic during the course of the integration, while leaving the model run freely elsewhere. Finally, it is planned to study how simulated Arctic-lower latitude linkages depend on model formulation (e.g. model resolution).


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 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:, Phone: +49(0)471-4831-1761).

The position is limited to 31st October, 2020, starting as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) up to salary group 13, based on qualifications and transferred tasks. 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 (CV, a statement of research interests, and degree certificates) by January 4th, 2017 referencing code 8/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:

posted: 13 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.