PostDoc “Storyline-based future projections of Arctic climate change at high resolution” (m/f/d)

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PostDoc “Storyline-based future projections of Arctic climate change at high resolution” (m/f/d)

The section Atmospheric Physics at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for a PostDoc position available within the recently EU funded H2020 project “Polar Regions in the Earth System (PolarRES)”. PolarRES is an exciting new project involving 21 research institutions from 15 different countries. International collaboration with the PolarRES partners concerning model analysis and dissemination is an integral part of this position.

Specifically, the PostDoc project at AWI is about:  Storyline-based future projections of Arctic climate change at high resolution

The climate of the Arctic is changing faster than other parts of the world because of local feedbacks and their response to regional or hemispheric-wide changes. This research position is expected to provide new insights into the response of the Arctic climate to future projected global climate change via the storyline concept. There, the regional response of the Arctic to atmospheric circulation changes will be investigated by dynamically downscaling selected storyline-based global climate model projections at spatial scales of ~10 km. The global climate model projections will be selected through the identification of physically self-consistent, plausible pathways of future circulation changes (e.g. shifts in the storm tracks).

The key tool for this work will be simulations with the atmospheric model ICON (ICOsahedral Nonhydrostatic) applied as limited area model over the Arctic. The project will start with adapting the model for long-term simulations, followed by simulations of the contemporary climate. Those will be evaluated with, for example, observations from the recent Arctic MOSAiC expedition. Finally, storyline-based high-resolution projections for the Arctic are simulated from present-day to 2100. The ICON results will be exploited in the context of the multi-model ensemble of regionally downscaled simulations, which include ~7 models and various realizations. The detailed analysis includes particularly Arctic amplification processes.

Overall, the objectives of the work include:
(i) set up storyline-based ICON simulations over an Arctic-focused domain, driven by global climate model output,
(ii) perform simulations of at least two storylines from present-day to 2100,
(iii) analyze the multi-model ensemble projections with a focus on atmospheric processes contributing to Arctic Amplification.





PhD degree in meteorology, physics, or related fields.

Experience in regional climate modelling or earth-system modelling, and good knowledge in atmospheric physics and dynamics is required.

Experience in the set-up and performance of regional or global climate model simulations and affinity with numerical model development is expected.

Knowledge of polar atmospheric processes is of advantage.

Strong skills in statistical data analysis and scientific programming (R, Python, Fortran, C, Matlab, or similar) are required.

Excellent level of written and spoken English, and good reporting and presentation skills are expected to disseminate results on international conferences and in leading scientific journals.



Further Information
The AWI is characterised by

The AWI is characterised by




our scientific success – excellent research

collaboration and cooperation – intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary

opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI

a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation

our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more

an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world

having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance

flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility

exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure



Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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