[ES_JOBS_NET] Two PhD positions at KIT in Germany: atmospheric dynamics, clouds and climate change

Voigt, Aiko (IMK) aiko.voigt at kit.edu
Wed Oct 5 08:17:40 MDT 2016

Two PhD positions at KIT in Germany: atmospheric dynamics, clouds and 
climate change

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate 
Research - Tropospheric Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

The junior research group "Cloud-radiative interactions with the North 
Atlantic storm track" led by Dr. Aiko Voigt wishes to recruit two PhD 
students. The group studies how diabatic cloud processes interact with 
and shape the extratropical circulation and its response to climate 
change, with a particular focus on the North Atlantic storm track and 
the role of cloud-radiative effects. The group is part of the 
BMBF-funded German-wide research initiative "HD(CP)2: High Definition 
Clouds and Precipitation for Climate Prediction." HD(CP)2 seeks to 
foster understanding of clouds and precipitation processes by combining 
high-resolution modeling and observational approaches, and by advancing 
the representation of these processes in global climate models aims to 
improve projections of short- and long-term climate change. Within 
HD(CP)2 the junior research group will articulate the coupling of 
small-scale cloud processes with the large-scale circulation of the 
extratropics. To this end we study the coupling across a range of 
spatial and temporal scales in the new ICON atmosphere model over a 
hierarchy of spatial resolutions (large-eddy simulations, 
cloud-resolving simulations, resolutions of current global climate 
models) and setups (realistic setups, aquaplanets, idealized physics), 
and combine these simulations with the analysis of observations and 
theoretical approaches.

The PhD position 1 will study the impact of cloud-radiative interactions 
on internal variability of the extratropical circulation on timescales 
of weeks to months. The PhD position 2 will study how cloud-radiative 
interactions shape the response of the extratropical circulation to 
global climate change over the next 50 to 100 years. Both students will 
have access to the outstanding modeling and observational infrastructure 
provided by HD(CP)2 and will have ample opportunities to interact with 
scientists from HD(CP)2 as well as the wider German and international 
research community. Both positions include a 3-month research visit at 
collaborating international research institutions such as the 
Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique in Paris, Columbia University in 
New York City, or the University of Chicago. The students will also have 
the opportunity to join the KIT GRACE graduate school for climate and 
environment, which offers mentoring and networking opportunities and a 
rich curriculum of academic and soft-skill courses.

For both positions, we are seeking applicants with a Master degree in 
meteorology, climate/Earth system science, physics or mathematics. Some 
background in numerical modeling or large-scale atmospheric dynamics is 
a plus but not required. The positions are offered for a period of 3 
years and remunerated according to TV-L E13 75% (approximately 1700 Euro 
net salary per month) with extensive social and health care benefits. 
The envisioned start date is February/March 2017, but there is some 
flexibility in adjusting the start date to accommodate the needs of the 

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016 and will continue 
until the positions are filled. Applications shall be directed to the 
group leader Dr. Aiko Voigt via email to aiko.voigt at kit.edu in one 
pdf-file and shall include (1) a CV, (2) a letter of motivation (2 page 
maximum), (3) complete course grades and transcripts and (4) contact 
details of at least two references. Please indicate whether your are 
applying for position 1, position 2 or both positions.

Inquiries shall be directed to Aiko Voigt, aiko.voigt at kit.edu. More 
information about the group can be found at 
<http://www.imk-tro.kit.edu/english/7048.php>. For a description of the 
HD(CP)2 project please go to <www.hdcp2.eu>.



Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Troposphere Research

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