Job at MPI-M W021 Postdoc

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned center for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The institute is located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable cities, and is embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of climate research.

To support the institute-wide activities in connection with CMIP6 we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f; MPIM-W021).

Several MPI-M working groups will contribute to CMIP6 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6). The successful candidate will support the Coupled Model Steering Group in the coordination of the experimental strategy and the scientific analyses. As member of a small team he/she will support the groups along the production chain of the experiments, submission of the data to international archives, until evaluation and publication of results.

Qualifications / Experience

  • A PhD or equivalent degree in meteorology, oceanography, geoscience, informatics or a related field.
  • Experience with Earth system simulations, preferentially with MPI-ESM.
  • Strong programming skills in Fortran, post-processing and visualization software (e.g., NCL, CDO, FERRET, MATLAB), as well as experience in handling large data sets.
  • Strong communication and organizing skills.

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for three years, starting from May 2016.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

How to submit your application

Please submit

  1. a cover letter,
  2. a detailed curriculum vitae,
  3. copies of certificates, and
  4. the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying

Please submit your application until 15 March 2016.

Further information on this position
For further information, please contact Dr. Marco Giorgetta (marco.giorgetta(at) or Dr. Christian Reick (Christian.reick(at)


Three PhD Opportunities in University College Dublin, Ireland

Three PhD Opportunities on the Role of Weather and Climate in Integrated

Energy Systems

Three PhD projects are offered at University College Dublin, commencing
in September 2016. These focus on the role of weather and climate on
integrated energy systems in the context of a major new Science
Foundation Ireland and Industry funded multi-disciplinary Energy System
Integration Partnership Programme (ESIPP: ).

1) High-Resolution atmospheric modelling for energy supply and demand.

The successful PhD candidate will investigate the use of different NWP
model types (deterministic/ensemble) and model resolutions in
forecasting energy generation from wind and solar PV plants. This will
involve implementing multiple high-resolution NWP models (WRF, COSMO,
HARMONIE), driven by different global ensemble data (NCEP, ECMWF).
Different parameterisation schemes will be tested under a range of
conditions to decide on optimal settings. The NWP model data will be
used to develop a statistical model (working with another PhD student)
to identify the best variables to use for energy systems forecasting,
while reducing systematic errors and quantifying forecast uncertainty.
The resulting model will be used to investigate different case studies
in integrated energy systems.

Project Supervisor: Dr Conor Sweeney, UCD School of Mathematical
Sciences (conor.sweeney)

2) Combined physical/statistical models to reduce uncertainty in Energy
Systems forecasting.

The successful PhD candidate will develop a model that systematically
integrates NWP data with spatially resolved energy data to
simultaneously forecast renewable energy supply and weather-driven
demand. Statistical post-processing techniques will be applied and
further developed to remove systematic errors from the model forecasts.
The resulting model will predict the supply and demand response of the
energy system to atmospheric changes such as heat waves, cold spells,
blocking highs and storms, with a prediction period from hours to days
ahead. The model will additionally warn of weather-related impacts for
energy systems infrastructure such as transmission lines and wastewater
pumping stations.

Project Supervisor: Dr Conor Sweeney, UCD School of Mathematical
Sciences (conor.sweeney)

3) Present and future regional scale climate influences on renewable
energy resources.

The successful candidate will investigate how the present-day
distribution and characteristics of renewable energy resources (wind and
solar energy) may be modified by projected climate change on
multi-decadal timescales. Climate model outputs (downscaled as
appropriate) will be investigated to understand how the characteristics
of renewable energy resources are likely to change spatially and
temporally on regional to global scales. The project will also
investigate the extent to which knowledge of pre-cursor conditions on
seasonal timescales, inferred from satellite-based observations of the
cryosphere, oceans and atmosphere may influence the persistence of
selected large scale atmospheric teleconnections during the boreal

Project Supervisor: Prof. Frank McDermott, UCD School of Earth Sciences

All three PhDs are funded for four years, with a tax-free student
stipend of 18,000 per annum. Additionally, standard tuition fees,
project related materials and travel will be provided, as agreed with
PhD supervisor. To apply, please e-mail your CV (max 2 pages), including
contactable referees, a copy of your degree transcript, and a covering
letter of interest to the relevant supervisor by 30th April 2016.

Dr Conor Sweeney
Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics
School of Mathematics and Statistics
UCD, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353-(0)1-716 2358

postdoctoral scholarship

The Department of Physical Oceanography of the Center for Scientific

Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Mexico (CICESE) is offering a
postdoctoral scholarship to join the group that will study transport
mechanisms of passive particles in the western Gulf of Mexico. This is
within the work frame of a large multi-institutional and
interdisciplinary project to generate scenarios and evaluate possible
impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

The aim of the full time position is to study the environmental factors
controlling particle dispersion at various scales, and how the
properties of dispersion differ between the inner-shelf and deep water,
as well as between the surface and the deeper layers. The Lagrangian
data will be obtained from drifters and subsurface floats experiments in
the field, as well as via numerical model experiments. The final goal is
to assess the accuracy of model predictions and improve the
parameterizations of submesoscale features in the ocean models that are
appropriate for a region characterized by the presence of energetic
meso-scale eddies.

The applicant should have a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography or other
similar fields of study. Experience with Lagrangian data (real or
simulated) is desirable. The scholarship will depend on the
qualifications of the candidate. The contract will cover a period of one
year and it might be extended up to 3 years depending on progress.

Interested persons are invited to submit amotivation letter and
curriculum vitae with full contact information to Paula
Pérez-Brunius(brunius <mailto:brunius>) or Julio
Sheinbaum (julios <mailto:julios>).


Postdoctoral Research Associate Position: Predator-Prey Interactions in the Plankton

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position: Predator-Prey Interactions in the Plankton
The Menden-Deuer and Rynearson labs at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography invite applications to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position focused on investigating the metabolic responses of heterotrophic protists to different prey conditions.
Responsibilities and Duties: The postdoctoral associate will be primarily responsible for conducting controlled lab experiments with protist predators and their prey and interpreting results. Tools involved will include culturing of live plankton, flow cytometry, and the application of molecular methods to tease apart the regulation of metabolic pathways in response to prey field. Responsibilities also include dissemination of results in publications and presentations and a willingness to assist with proposal preparation. The individual will be required to contribute to the functioning of the lab, assist with graduate or undergraduate student mentoring and develop future research projects. The successful individual will have the opportunity to conduct follow-on fieldwork consisting of coordinated sampling with the Narragansett Bay long-term plankton time series program.
Qualifications: Candidates are required to have received a Ph.D. degree by June of 2016 in Oceanography, Biology or a related field. Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential. Candidates must possess demonstrable experience with the application of molecular methods (e.g. PCR, qPCR, bioinformatics) and familiarity with cell biology. Bioinformatics

and statistical skills are preferred.
Appointment: The position is for 12-months initially, commencing in May 2016 and renewable depending on funding availability and performance. The successful candidate will receive training in research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, and outreach and mentoring. There will be opportunities for development of additional research projects and proposals.
To Apply: Applications must include (1) a maximum 3-page statement of experience,career goals, research vision and interests; (2) curriculum vitae, (3) reprints of relevant publications and (4) names and addresses of three referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation. All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: rynearson with ‘Predator PostDoc Application’ in the subject line. Candidates will be selected based on overall excellence, including academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals that are compatible with the goals of the funded research. The position is compensated through a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.
Closing date: For full consideration, applications should be received by Mar 4, 2016. Further information: Rynearson lab: rynearson-lab/
Menden-Deuer lab:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Climatology at Princeton University

A postdoctoral or more senior research position in Urban Microclimatology is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. The prospective researcher will develop improved representations of physical urban processes in coupled land-atmosphere models, and will perform multi-scale atmospheric modeling to investigate the interaction of water, energy and climate in built terrain. The work will primarily use the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model for mesoscale and large-eddy simulations, focusing on extreme events (heat waves and storms) and how they can be mitigated and/or adapted to via better urban design. The research will be supervised by Professor Elie Bou-Zeid (

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The start date would preferably be during the summer of 2016, but the position will remain open until filled. All applications should be submitted through the Princeton University jobs site (requisition number 1600084: ebouzeid, but applications sent by email will NOT be considered. This appointment is for one year, and may be renewed pending satisfactory performance and sufficient funding.

This position is subject to the Universitys background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open call for Postdoctoral Fellow for Resource Assessment on Marine Renewable Energy

MERIC has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow for Resource Assessment on Marine Renewable Energy (click for more details), who will lead the experimental research on scientific aspects associated with resource assessment and site characterization for tidal energy.

The deadline to apply is on April 8th, 10am Chilean time.
Marine Energy Research & Innovation Center (MERIC) has been selected by CORFO to lead top of the line research and development activities in the field of marine energy.
Established in Chile by DCNS along with Enel Green Power, MERIC work with the implementation partners as Universidad Católica, Universidad Austral, Fundación Chile, Inria Chile, Chilectra.
As an International Center of Excellence, and through applied research, MERIC shall trigger the worldwide technological development and innovation in MRE and shall contribute to the emergence and development of strong, sustainable and competitive marine economy and industry in Chile and Chilean stakeholders as international references in Marine Renewable Energy.
We will appreciate your help for getting the best answer to this call.

Sfécologie2016, the 2016 International Conference of the French Ecological Society in Marseille (France), October 24-28, 2016

Abstracts are invited to:

Sfécologie2016, the 2016 International Conference of the French Ecological Society
in Marseille (France), October 24-28, 2016

The Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE, Aix Marseille Université – CNRS – IRD – Université Avignon) is the local organizer.

We expect this event to be the most significant event in 2016 for the ecological sciences in the French-speaking world – with about 1000 academics, students and stakeholders expected to meet in the splendid Pharo Congress Center for exchange and discussions around the latest advances in basic and applied ecological sciences.

Note that the conference will be held in English.

You can find on our
website the last news about this event with e.g. the lists of keynote speakers and symposia.

Our call for abstracts is now open and will remain so until April 20.

Looking forward to see you in Marseille in October!

Best wishes,

Wolfgang Cramer

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Cramer
Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE)
Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, IRD, Avignon Université, Technopôle Arbois-Méditerranée
Bât. Villemin – BP 80, F-13545 Aix-en-Provence cedex 04, France
Tel. +33-4-42-90-84-86,, ResearcherID: B-8221-2008, Follow @wolfgangcramer