The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The institute is located in the heart of one of Europe’s most liveable cities, and is embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of climate research. 

The MPI-M has opened a position for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (W074)

The successful applicant will use large-eddy simulation over large and realistic domains to study factors influencing cloudiness and its mesoscale organization in the tropics. The project will contribute to the development and application of the MPI-M global storm-resolving and large-eddy implementation of ICON, and be closely linked to conceptual and observational work at the institute on related topics. The successful applicant will be funded through the EU CONSTRAIN project and will work closely with the European community of scientists in that project, as well as with observational data, and scientists, from the recent EUREC4A field campaign.


  • Use large-eddy simulation to study factors influencing the observed structure and mesoscale organization of cloudiness over the Atlantic.
  • Contribute to the development of the ICON Large-eddy simulation configuration for studying cloud feedbacks globally.
  • Disseminate results of research through usual forums (papers, conferences).
  • Actively contribute to the vibrant intellectual culture of the institute.



  • A PhD in physics, atmospheric science, or a related science, preferably with research experience in the area of atmospheric convection and/or cloud-climate-circulation interactions.
  • Excellent programming skills and experience working with atmospheric or fluid dynamic models, very large data sets (Tera to PetaByte) and simulation (PetaFLOP) workflows on Tier I supercomputing facilities.
  • An ability to think conceptually and to effectively communicate (both written and orally) their research to colleagues and the scientific community more broadly.


Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 3 years.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality and heartily welcomes applications from all backgrounds.
  • Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.


Selection criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based on qualifications as assessed through their track record of accomplishment and assessed potential for creative and independent research. The preferred start day is as soon as possible, but no later than 1 September 2020.

How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:

  1. A concise letter of motivation outlining your interest in the position
  2. A curriculum vitae incl. a list of publications
  3. The names and contact data for two referees

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying
Applications received prior to April 30, 2020 will receive full consideration; the successful candidate is expected to start on or before 1 September 2020.

For further information, please contact Prof. Bjorn Stevens (bjorn.stevens(at)
Do not forward your application to this email address; the applications need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).


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