PhD: Multi-scale dynamics and predictability of Atlantic subtropical cyclones and Medicanes
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: Multi-scale dynamics and predictability of Atlantic subtropical cyclones and Medicanes
Location: Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe) and Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Mainz.
The successful candidate will be required to spend some time at either institute.
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Fink, Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz
This PhD position will contribute to project C3 "Multi-scale dynamics and predictability of Atlantic Subtropical Cyclones and Medicanes" of the W2W consortium.
Outline: Preferentially during fall and winter, the Mediterranean Sea features severe storms, termed Medicanes, that exhibit phenomenological characteristics of tropical cyclones. With torrential rains and gale-force winds, these storms pose a severe threat to the densely populated shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Accurate forecasts of these treacherous storms are thus necessary to negotiate the impact of the associated severe weather.
The successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to conduct multi-scale investigations into the dynamics and predictability of Medicanes, from the scale of the precursor breaking extratropical Rossby wave down to the organization of convection within the developing storm system. He/She will develop novel methods to extract information about the dynamics and predictability of storm-related weather features from large ensemble data sets. These novel developments will partly be in collaboration with the visualization groups of PIs Filip Sadlo and Rüdiger Westermann. The project will provide also the opportunity for international collaborations and allows a talented PhD student to spend some time abroad.
Requirements: The ideal candidate for this project will have a strong background in atmospheric dynamics, a keen interest in (sub)tropical cyclones, good spatial sense, good programming skills, and first experience in object-based analysis. A degree in meteorology or a closely related discipline and experience with scientific programming (e.g. Linux, Fortran, IDL, NCL, CDO) is required.
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:
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).
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