PostDoc (f/m/d) Job at Universität zu Köln – in Köln

Job Description

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

PostDoc (f/m/d) in dust-climate interactions

Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology | Energy Meteorology Group

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

We seek an enthusiastic postdoctoral scientist (f/m/d) for carrying out scientific research on aerosol-climate interactions. The successful candidate will join the Energy Meteorology Group, carrying out fundamental meteorological research for renewable power. The three-year position has a focus on testing hypotheses on dust-aerosol effects on climate using observations and modeling. It includes the collaboration with the ECMWF in the ESA-funded project: “Dust & Ocean Modelling and Observing Study (DOMOS)” with focus on the North Atlantic.


» Conduct scientific research on dust aerosol effects on climate by performing own climate model simulations and by using different observational data

» Develop programs for systematic analyses of big data, e.g., with automated detection algorithms and machine learning

» Write scientific publications for high-impact journals of the field, and present results at international conferences

» Contribute to teaching activities in meteorology


» Excellent PhD degree in meteorology or related field

» Excellent written and oral English skills

» Very good meteorological knowledge, ideally with focus on atmospheric dynamics, radiation and/or climate change

» Experience in writing programs (e.g., python, shell scripts, CDO and/or FORTRAN90/95), handling big data sets (e.g., netCDF), creating high-quality graphics and presentations, working with LINUX/UNIX and HPC, publishing peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals

» Ability for teaching meteorology, creative problem solving, time management, and team work


» A young, energetic, and international research group

» Support in developing your track record

» A diverse and fair working environment

» Support in reconciling work and family life

» Flexible working time modelsE

» Extensive advanced training opportunities

» Occupational health management offers

» Local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available as soon as possible on a full-time basis. It is limited to a term of 3 years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please apply online at: https://jobportal.uni-koeln.de with proof of the sought qualifications. The reference number is Wiss2109-16. Please include your CV with details on your achievements, copies of your degree certificates, a motivation letter, and names of two potential referees. The application deadline is 31.10. 2021.

Questions on the position can be directed to Prof. Dr. Stephanie Fiedler ( [email protected] ).

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