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Research Associate for the Project “Observing Atmospheric Cold Pools” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. They may also pursue doctoral studies outside of working duties.

Cold pools are an extremely relevant atmospheric phenomenon. Their gust front is the main cause of damages from convection and thunderstorms. They are a key factor in the organization of atmospheric convection by triggering subsequent convection. Scientifically, cold pools are now a very timely topic as they become resolved by the next generation of kilometer-scale weather and climate models. Join the project to help fill the corresponding observational gap.

You will benefit from the ground-breaking FESST@HH and FESSTVaL (www.fesstval.de) observational campaigns, which provide the first spatial measurements of near-surface cold pool evolution using dense station networks. Your research may involve:

  • developing multivariate, machine-learning methods to detect cold pools in conventional surface observations and remote sensing data using FESSTVaL training datasets
  • investigating the controlling factors that shape cold pool characteristics, such as strength or propagation speed
  • characterise the full life cycle of cold pools with emphasis on the decay phase to derive constraints for model evaluation
  • perform own targeted field work to complement the observational data set
  • verification and optimisation of the cold pool representation in the ICON model at convection resolving resolution together with the German Meteorological Service (DWD)

You will benefit from the vibrant research environment in Hamburg. As a PhD student, you can join the IMPRS or SICCS graduate schools. You will work closely with the neighbouring Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and the German Climate Computing Centre on cold pool simulations. The project is part of the OceanWeather project of the Hans Ertel Centre for Weather Research (HErZ). HErZ funds six universities to carry out basic research on current research topics of the DWD. Intensive collaboration with the DWD and the university partners, as well as access to DWD infrastructures, ensures a stimulating research environment at the highest level.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • very good background in mesoscale meteorology
  • very good programming skills to analyze complex observational data sets and corresponding model simulations
  • willingness to design, prepare and conduct field measurements
  • motivation and ability to conduct independent research, e.g. as PhD student
  • very good command of written and spoken English

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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