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PostDoc in Regional Climate Modeling and Statistical-Dynamical Downscaling

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The Division of Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute, University of Bern, opens a position for a PostDoc in Regional Climate Modeling and Statistical-Dynamical-Downscaling (80 - 100%, 2 years, renewable to max. 4 years).
We invite applications from enthusiastic highly motivated young researchers with a demonstrated strong background in regional climate modeling and/or statistical-dynamical downscaling. The successful candidate will be hosted at the Climate Modeling Group in Climate- and Environmental Physics. He/she will closely collaborate with other research teams of the Oeschger Centre working in Climate Risk Analysis (wind, precipitation), Climate Impacts and Extreme Events in complex
topography (Central Europe, Switzerland, Alps). This includes a strong connection to the Mobilarlab and the Geography Institute of the University of Bern.

He/she will design and carry out RCM simulations at the Swiss National Supercomputer Center facility (CSCS) with the model WRF to investigate atmospheric processes at high spatial resolution. The output of these simulations will be also used to provide data sets for impact modeling studies in a collaborative effort with other research groups within the Mobiliarlab. Thereby, a specific focus of the position is on extreme events such as windstorms or synoptic situations leading to floods.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, physics or environmental sciences, and has demonstrated experience in Regional Climate Modeling (ideally WRF). A background in atmospheric dynamics and statistics is an advantage. Experience with large data sets and computer skills (FORTRAN, MATLAB, R/S-Plus, NCL, and shell-programming on Unix or Linux platforms) is required, as well as being familiar with supercomputing environments. Very good English language skills (and basic German), a competitive publications record and strong interpersonal skills are further assets. The candidate will have the possibility to co-supervise MSc and PhD students and be co-applicant in research projects. Applications from female candidates are encouraged.

The position is available from April 1st 2016 or upon arrangement. Gross salary depends on age and experience according to University regulations.

Review of applicants starts on January 25, 2016 and continues until the position is filled. For details about the position and informal enquiries please contact : PD Dr. Christoph Raible.

Applications (ONE pdf with CV, letter of motivation with a 1-page statement of research interests, copy of PhD certificate, abstract of the PhD Thesis, Master degree certificate including marks, publication list, names and addresses of three referees ; pdf of PhD Thesis if available) shall be electronically sent to :

Prof Dr. Christoph Raible
Physics Institute, University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern
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