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Code: 44/D/Kli-P - 45/D/Kli-P
Faculty: Science
Job type: Full time
Location: Potsdam

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), section 'Atmospheric Circulation' in Potsdam, Germany,
invites applications for

two PhD position

starting as soon as possible.

These positions are within the new German Research Foundation (DFG) 
Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 'Arctic climate change' (

Position #1

Title: Snowfall and and its changes in the Arctic


What are the seasonal regional patterns of snowfall, snowfall–to–precipitation ratio, and snow cover and its changes? We will attempt to connect these to changes in the atmosphere (i.e., temperature, humidity, vertical stability, circulation) and in the sea–ice conditions. For this, regional climate model simulations will be carried out and analyzed. Complementary reanalysis and satellite data will be used to evaluate the simulations in cooperation with our project partner Cologne University.
Contact: Dr. Annette Rinke, Annette.Rinke[at ]

Position #2

Title: Representativeness of the Ny–Ålesund atmospheric observations across the Arctic

The observations of the Ny-Ålesund meteorological instrument suite will be combined and analyzed in terms of synoptic situation, boundary layer properties and air back–trajectories. Addressing the long–term characteristics of the Ny-Ålesund atmospheric column, its variability and connections to large–scale and local meteorological patterns, the comparison with observations at other Arctic sites and platforms (supersites, ship–based and airborne 
campaigns) will allow to characterize the meteorological representativeness of the Ny-Ålesund site and to link with climate–oriented and process–oriented model output from other subprojects within (AC)3.
Contact: Dr. Marion Maturilli, Marion.Maturilli[at]

Profiles of the Candidates:

The successful candidates should hold a M.Sc. degree in physics, meteorology, geosciences, or related fields. Good skills in data processing and programming (Fortran, C, Matlab, R, or similar) are required. Good English language skills are a prerequisite.
A willingness to participate in field campaigns in the Arctic is a requirement for the position #2.

The positions are limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Potsdam.
The AWI aims to increase the percentage of female scientists among its employees and therefore encourages qualified candidates to apply. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. We have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family” because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility.

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

As Ph.D. student at AWI you will obtain the opportunity to subscribe to the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ ( ). 

Please send your application with the standard documentation (cover letter with motivation, CV, degree certificates, abstract of the Master thesis, names and addresses of two referees) quoting the reference number 44/D/Kli-P (position#1) and number 45/D/Kli-P (position#2)

per e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to
Review of applications will start on March 1st, 2016 and continued until the positions are filled.

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The Alfred Wegener Institute pursues research in the polar regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As of the 18 Centres of the Hemlholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.

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