Postdoc in "Eddy-rich Earth System Modelling" (m/f/d)

Alfred Wegener Institute
February 05, 2023
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Postdoc in "Eddy-rich Earth System Modelling" (m/f/d)

Background The Climate Dynamics section at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany, invites applications for a postdoc in the field of eddy-rich climate modelling.

You will work with some of the leading European climate modellers and IT experts in the EU Horizon Europe project “European Eddy-rich Earth System Models (EERIE)” on building, running and analysing a new generation of Earth System Models that are capable of explicitly representing a crucially important, yet unexplored regime of the Earth system – the ocean mesoscale (~10 km at the equator to few km at high latitudes).

Tasks You will be part of a team responsible for setting up and running eddy-rich simulations with the IFS-FESOM. Furthermore, you will research optimal simulation protocols for high-resolution models providing guidance for the next version of the High-Resolution Model Intercomparison Project (HighResMIP2) and other km-scale modelling efforts. Finally, you will analyse the eddy-rich simulations carried out in EERIE in terms of model fidelity and possible “climate surprises” in a warming world that may result from explicitly representing the ocean mesoscale by the laws of physics rather than physically motivated rules of thumb (i.e., parametrisations). On the management side, you will also contribute to and lead some of the regular reporting activities and represent AWI in some of the regular EERIE meetings.


A PhD in climate science, atmospheric physics, oceanography, physics, informatics or a related field is required. Demonstrated skill/proficiency in working with climate models (development, running and/or analysis) and good understanding of climate dynamics, especially related to ocean processes, are further requirements. In-depth knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g., Fortran, Python or R) is also expected. Furthermore, excellent English skills, both written and spoken, are expected. Given that the success of this project hinges on effective collaboration between partners, strong communication skills and the ability to work in teams are both a necessity.

Having some of the following skills would be a distinct advantage:

  • Experience with HPC systems
  • Track record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with publishing datasets and software
  • Ability to make good presentations (e.g., at major conferences)
  • Good knowledge of complex data formats (netCDF, zarr)
  • Further Information

    Please contact Prof Thomas Jung ([email protected]; +49 15146722091) or Dr Nikolay Koldunov ([email protected], @oceanographer on Twitter) for further information.

    This is a full-time position, limited to 42 months (1 February 2023 to 31 July 2026). It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

    Postdocs have to register with AWI's postdoc office PROCEED, thereby gaining access to a set of tailor-made career development tools.

    The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success - excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation

  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more

  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure
  • Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

    AWI offers the possibility of mobile working to the extent of up to 50% of regular working hours.

    Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

    The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

    We look forward to your application!

    Please submit your application by February 5 th 2023, exclusively online. Reference number: 23/8/D/Kli-b


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