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PhD: Upscale impact of diabatic processes from convective to near-hemispheric scale

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Our ability to predict the weather up to a week or more ahead saves our societies billions of Euros annually and protects human life and property. The great challenge today is to identify the limits of weather predictability in different situations and produce the best forecasts that are physically
possible.

On July 1st 2015, the Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Waves to Weather” (W2W; SFB/TRR165; http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de/) was established to address these issues and to deliver the underpinning science urgently needed to pave the way towards a new generation of weather forecasting systems.
The W2W consortium consists of:
- the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU, Munich)
- the Johannes Gutenberg-University (JGU, Mainz)
- the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with
- the Technische Universität München (TUM)
- the Heidelberg University, and
- the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, Munich).

The following PhD-position is available within the W2W consortium:

Title: Upscale impact of diabatic processes from convective to near-hemispheric scale

Location: Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wirth

This PhD position will contribute to project A1 “Upscale impact of diabatic processes from convective to near-hemispheric scale” of the W2W consortium.

Outline: Small-scale errors in numerical weather forecasts tend to propagate upscale and, hence, after a while may deteriorate the forecast of the large-scale flow. This project aims to develop a novel method to diagnose synoptic to planetary scale wave packets and to quantify related model errors. The novel diagnostic will also be able to distinguish diabatic processes from conservative wave propagation, allowing us to determine the role of diabatic processes for large-scale error growth. This project closely collaborates with two twin projects at LMU in Munich and JGU in Mainz, where the upscale error growth from the convective through the synoptic scale will be investigated.

Requirements: The candidate should have a good background in dynamical meteorology and experience with scientific programming (Fortran, Matlab, Python) is desirable.

The position is funded until June 2019. The successful PhD candidate will be remunerated according to TV-L 13 (75%) and should start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities and requirements are outlined on the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de. The position is a fixed-term employment contract until June 2019. The contract is time-limited according to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The salary
scale is TV-L E13. Employment shall begin as soon as possible.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The W2W consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for this position.

Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de for more information) and should include the following components:
- CV
- letter of motivation
- research interests
- a record of studies
- master and bachelor certificates including a transcript of records
- the degree certificates
- contact information of two referees for letters of recommendation
- an English language certificate

For further information, please visit http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (audine.laurian@physik.uni-muenchen.de).
 

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Art des Bewerbungszugangs
Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de for more information).
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
For further information, please visit http://w2w.meteo.physik.uni-muenchen.de or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (audine.laurian@physik.uni-muenchen.de).

Details der Stellenanzeige


Arbeitszeit
Vollzeit oder Teilzeit
Vertragslaufzeit
Befristete Anstellung
Stellentyp
Promotionsstelle
Berufserfahrung
Berufserfahrung nicht vorausgesetzt
Region
Deutschland (Bayern)
Arbeitsort
80333, 55099 München, Mainz, Karlsruhe und Heidelberg
Fachgebiet
Physik, Geowissenschaften, Mathematik