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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; 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 Postdoc-position is available within the W2W consortium:

Location: Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Advisors: Prof. Dr. George Craig and Dr. Christian Keil

This position will contribute to project Z2 “Computing services” of the W2W consortium.

Outline: The Theoretical Meteorology group at the Meteorological Institute (MIM) at the LMU Munich, offers a full-time position within the collaborative research center "Waves to Weather". The Theoretical Meteorology group at MIM has a strong focus on predictability of weather and has established a leading international reputation in atmospheric predictability, stochastic parameterization and data assimilation. As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social sciences, to medicine and the natural sciences.
The role of the scientific programmer is to support the various research projects in their use of meteorological data and models, and visualization tools. Specific tasks include:
  • Creation and maintenance of a central code repository, a data archive and a web server
  • Definition of software engineering standards for exchange and use of numerical weather prediction software
  • Integration and support of tools developed in individual research projects in the central repository and support for users at all member institutions of the Waves to Weather consortium
Requirements: The ideal candidate holds a MSc in Meteorology, Physics, or Computer Science and has already some experience in numerical modeling and/or skills to work with huge data sets. Besides very good knowledge of English, experience with Fortran, Unix, and statistical/visualisation software (e.g. python, R, cdo) would be an advantage.

The position is funded until June 2019. The successful PhD candidate will be remunerated according to TV-L 13 (100%) and should start as soon as possible.

Responsibilities and requirements are outlined on the website 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.

LMU is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.

Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website 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
- description of the doctoral experience
- the degree certificates
- contact information of two referees for letters of recommendation
- an English language certificate

For further information, please visit or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (


Art des Bewerbungszugangs
Applications should be submitted online before July 31st 2015 using the application tool of the W2W consortium (visit the website for more information).
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
For further information, please visit or contact Dr. Audine Laurian (

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80333 München
Physik, Geowissenschaften, Mathematik