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Postdoc Position and PhD Position

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The climate needs bright minds. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. It is one of the world's leading research institutions in its field and offers natural and social scientists from around the world an inspiring environment for excellent interdisciplinary research.

For the BMBF funded project initiative on “Climate change and extreme events”  in the Project “Spatial synchronization patterns of heavy precipitation events in Europe”  PIK is offering two positions:

a Postdoc Position (100%) and a PhD Position (75%) (m/f/d)

Position number: Postdoc Position-05-2020

Position number: PhD Position-06-2020

starting as soon as possible.

The main objective of the project is to reveal spatial patterns arising from the synchronization of heavy precipitation events in Europe, and their relationship to storms and recurring atmospheric circulation patterns.

The two positions are funded for depending on the project duration max. 3 years. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. This is a full-time (Postdoc) as well as a part-time (PhD student) position with a working time of 40 hours respectively 30 hours per week. Appointment is conditional on approval by the funding agency. The Postdoc position can also be filled on a part-time basis.

Key responsibilities:

  • Methodological development for network reconstruction from multivariate data
  • Identify responsible atmospheric circulation patterns and analyze the recurrence characteristics
  • Data-model intercomparison
  • Visualization of teleconnection networks

Requirements:

  • PhD in physics, climatology, or meteorology (for the Postdoc)
  • Master in physics, climatology, or meteorology (for the PhD) for a close collaboration with the Postdoc
  • Basic  knowledge in dynamical systems, nonlinear dynamics, computational sciences, climatology
  • Computational skills (Julia, Python)
  • Applied mathematics

We expect:

  • the ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • a methodical and systematic approach
  • structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics
  • creativity and openness to new approaches
  • a high level of competence in oral and written German and English
  • reliability, the ability to cope with stress, and a high level of motivation
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.) and take part in further training
  • capacity for teamwork
  • organisational talent

We offer:

  • the chance to be part of a creative, interdisciplinary team
  • a stimulating working environment in an internationally recognised research institute on Potsdam's beautiful, historic Telegrafenberg campus, a short commuting distance from Berlin
  • a collective pay scheme and associated benefits

PIK seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. In cases of equal qualification and within the given legal scope, women will be given preference. Applications by persons with a migration background are expressly encouraged. Applications of disabled persons with equal qualifications will be regarded favourably. PIK also encourages applications by parents returning from parental leave.

Please send your full application as a single PDF document by Email, quoting the position number given above and mentioning where you read about the position by 01.03.2020 at the latest to

The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Dr. Norbert Marwan via email:

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