The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary centre for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. It has an internationally recognised reputation in climate modelling. The MPI-M is located in the heart of one of Europe's most livable and vibrant cities. It provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities.

In the department The Ocean in the Earth System, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (W081)

to conduct research on the solar influence on climate contributing to the Solar Contribution to Climate Change on Decadal to Centennial Timescales (SOLCHECK) project of the Role of the Middle Atmosphere in Climate (ROMIC) phase II. The position involves the use of the Max Planck Institute - Earth System Model (MPI-ESM) as used for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6).


  • Performing ensemble simulations with the MPI-ESM with and without solar forcing
  • Analyzing of the solar signal in CMIP6 historical simulations.
  • Studying of the solar contribution to decadal climate prediction skill in the German operational decadal prediction system developed in the project Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen (MiKlip).


  • A PhD in applied mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or a related field is required for this position.
  • Experience in performing and analyzing experiments with comprehensive atmospheric or Earth system models.
  • Excellent communication skills and publication record.
  • Familiarity with running and coding models preferably on HPC plat-forms, programming and scripting skills in UNIX environments.

Employment conditions

  • The position is starting as soon as possible and limited until 30.11.2022
  • 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. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the re-sponsibilities as outlined for this project.
How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:

  1. A cover letter including a short statement presenting your research outlook
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae incl. a list of publications
  3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees
  4. One key publication from your past work

by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying
Applications received prior to 24 January 2021 will receive full consideration, but the positions will remain open until filled.

For further information, please contact Dr Holger Pohlmann (holger.pohlmann (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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