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PhD: The influence of extratropical and tropical waves on dry and wet spells of the West African summer monsoon

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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: The influence of extratropical and tropical waves on dry and wet spells of the West African summer monsoon

Location: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Advisors: Prof. Dr. Andreas H. Fink, Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz

This PhD position will contribute to project C2 "Prediction of wet and dry periods of the West African monsoon" of the W2W consortium.

Outline: Predicting rainfall in tropical monsoon regions remains one of the great challenges of weather forecasting today, but a reliable prediction of dry or wet spells would be of substantial value for farmers relying on rain-fed agriculture, as usually the case across the African Sahel. This PhD project will investigate to what extent regional rainfall variations in the Sahel are influenced by synoptic- to planetary-scale waves in the tropics and extratropics and how this influence varies with season. The former are typically (breaking) Rossby waves from the North Atlantic stormtrack, the latter equatorial waves or the Madden-Julian Oscillation. This project will work closely with a second PhD project concentrating on statistical methods of ensemble forecast evaluation and post-processing. The ultimate aim of the two projects combined is to develop concrete forecasting guidelines to exploit the hypothesized enhanced predictability mediated through larger-scale waves. The project will involve collaborations with operational weather services (MeteoFrance, ECMWF, ACMAD), which will allow the PhD student to spend some time abroad.

Requirements: The ideal candidate for this project will have a strong background in atmospheric dynamics and an interest or first experiences in (sub)tropical meteorology. A degree in meteorology or a closely related discipline, 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:
- 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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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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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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Region
Deutschland (Baden-Württemberg)
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76128 Karlsruhe
Fachgebiet
Physik