Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Postdoc with focus on climate dynamics, Alfred Wegener Institut, Germany

Application deadline: 1 March 2019

This position is part of the section climate dynamics within the department of climate sciences. The incumbent will work for the EU funded project APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with a Changing Arctic climate).

APPLICATE is an €8 million project financed by the EU HORIZON 2020 Research and Innovation programme that involves 16 partners from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and will be carried out over a period of four years. The multinational and multidisciplinary consortium will work to enhance weather and climate prediction capabilities not only in the Arctic, but also in Europe, Asia, and North America. A focus on the Arctic is important for improved predictions of weather and climate in the mid-latitudes because the changes taking place in the Arctic due to climate change — the retreat of sea ice, warming seas and a warming atmosphere — have the potential to influence weather and climate in the mid-latitudes.


  • You will develop metrics for climate model evaluation.
  • Besides, You will analyse the systematic errors of CMIP5 und CMIP6 models in the Arctic.
  • Another task is the determination of the growth of systematic model error across time scales.
  • Additionally, you will foster the understanding the origin of long-standing systematic errors in the Arctic through carefully designed sensitivity experiments



  • You must have a PhD in one of the following fields: meteorology, oceanography, climate sciences, physics, mathematics or information technology.
  • You must be able to proof skills/proficiency in Fortran.
  • You have to be fluent in English.
  • You need to have the ability to effectively work in teams and meet deadline

Additional preferred skills:

  • 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.

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Monday 18 February 2019