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Postdoc - Improving climate models by developing a new gravity wave parametrization

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    Forschungszentrum Jülich
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    Established Researcher (R3)
    09/01/2020 20:20 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Jülich
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Work group:

IEK-7 - Stratosphäre

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Institute of Energy and Climate Research - Stratosphere (IEK-7) conducts research on the chemistry, dynamics and microphysics of the stratosphere and the tropopause region, and on the role these atmospheric layers play in the climate system.For this purpose, aircraft and balloons are used for experiments intended to clarify processes, primarily on a local and regional scale. With the analysis and use of satellite data, these studies are expanded to include global and climatological scales. The evaluation of the measured data is closely interlinked with model calculations.More Information can be found at our Webpage: www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-7/EN/UeberUns/Organisation/Fernerkundung/_node.html

Your Job:

Atmospheric gravity waves are waves of wavelengths from a few kilometers up to a few hundred kilometers. These waves couple the middle atmosphere (15-100km altitude) to the troposphere by momentum and energy transfer. As they cannot be resolved by the dynamical core of standard climate models they are represented by sub-models (parametrization schemes). It has been a matter of concern in the community that simplifications in the parametrization schemes lead to errors of several Kelvin in the simulated stratospheric temperatures and a delayed breakdown of the southern polar vortex (ozone hole) in the models. Such stratospheric effects couple downward to surface climate and weather. Your task in our group will be to develop a statistical representation of oblique gravity wave propagation and prepare this for implementation in the German climate model system EMAC-MESSY. The statistical representation will be based on high resolution numerical weather prediction data, dedicated gravity wave modeling and comparison with campaign and satellite data. Participation in an aircraft research campaign in the second half of the project is possible. New software will be developed in a team-oriented working environment. Modern concepts of software development and continuous integration (e.g. unit-tests, GIT) are used. While the finally-implemented code for the GCM has to be written in FORTRAN, research, prototyping and evaluation in our group is usually done in PYTHON.Your tasks:

  • Investigate the oblique propagation of gravity waves
  • Develop a statistical representation for implementation in a climate model
  • Validate the approach against campaign and satellite observations
  • Test the approach for future-climate simulations

The work is performed in close cooperation with scientists from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) near Munich as well as researchers from the Karlsruhe Institue of Technology (KIT), the Ludwig Maximillians University (LMU) in Munich and the Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IAP) in Kühlungsborn. Our group is actively participating in national and international research projects like the DFG researcher group MS-GWaves, cooperations in the frame of teams hosted by the International Space Science Institute (ISSI; funded by ESA) and the WMO program SPARC. Active exchange inside early-career researchers groups and with world-leading scientists of the field is supported.

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master) in physics, mathematics, meteorology, computer science or a related field of study
  • PhD degree in natural sciences on a topic of atmospheric dynamics
  • Detailed knowledge on either gravity wave physics or on the integration of process schemes into a general circulation model (GCM)
  • Experience in programming
  • Good skills in the spoken and written English language

Our Offer:

  • Earliest start of the position is in November
  • Excellent scientific environment and technical facilities
  • Opportunities of being part of the national and international scientific community
  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
  • International and interdisciplinary working atmosphere
  • A comprehensive further training programme
  • Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • Limited for 3 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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EURAXESS offer ID: 456786
Posting organisation offer ID: 2019-364


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