2 Positions Research Department 1


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.

To support our Earth System Model development, PIK is looking for

1 Atmospheric Dynamics Expert (m/f/d)
(Stellenausschreibungsnummer: 34-2020-Atmospheric Dynamics Expert)
1 Doctoral Student in Atmospheric Dynamics (m/f/d)
(Stellenausschreibungsnummer: 35-2020-PhD position- Atmospheric Dynamics)

as soon as possible thereafter.

The positions are funded initially for 3 years. Remuneration is in accordance with the German public tariff scheme (TV-L Brandenburg), salary group E 13. The expert is a full-time position with a weekly working time of 40 hours. The PhD position is funded with a 75% share. The positions can be filled on a part-time basis.

The scientists filling the two positions are expected to advance the development of the Potsdam Earth Model POEM with a focus on the atmosphere, as well as conducting, interpreting and publishing scientific simulation experiments, in collaboration with the POEM group. POEM includes both a well-established atmospheric general circulation model and our innovative, fast Aeolus atmosphere model which is still in a development stage.

Key responsibilities:

  • Experimenting with the atmospheric general circulation model within the context of POEM and interpreting the results
  • Developing, testing and tuning the Aeolus atmosphere model within POEM
  • Writing and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from the research, and present research findings at conferences and workshops 


  • PhD for the first position, Master degree for the second position, in physics or atmospheric sciences
  • experience with Earth System modeling and model development
  • solid understanding of atmosphere dynamics

We expect:

  • capacity for teamwork
  • fluency in oral and written English
  • advanced scientific programming skills
  • scientific writing skills
  • willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.).

We offer:

  • the opportunity to work on cutting-edge scientific questions in Earth system analysis
  • 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 apply by 15.10.2020 directly using our application form.

The size of the file should not exceed 15 MB.

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf at .