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

Postdoctoral Scientist in Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling (f/m/div – W084)

to support research activities of the AQ-Watch project in the Environmental Modelling Group of the Institute. The AQ-Watch project is a project sponsored and funded by the European Commission. Its objective is to use advanced atmospheric models together space and in situ observations and develop innovative products and services with the purpose of improving air quality forecasts and source attribution. The project is implemented by an international team with participants from different European countries, USA, Chile and China. 

The main objective for this position is to develop and apply regional atmospheric models in different regions of the world and facilitate the integration of different modeling activities within the project.


Qualifications / Experience

  • A PhD in Atmospheric sciences, Geosciences, Physics, Applied Mathematics or a related field.
  • Experience in the development of numerical models and their application to atmospheric problems, specifically atmospheric chemistry and air pollution. Experience in developing and using the WRF-Chem model is welcome.
  • Good communication skills, ability to work autonomously and within a team, and selfresponsible.
  • Fluency in English as working language. Knowledge of German is welcome.

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 18 months, with a starting date as soon as possible.
  • 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 people of all backgrounds.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfil the responsibilities as outlined for this project.

Deadline for applying
March 1, 2021

How to submit your application for this position:
We are looking forward to receiving your application including the following documents:

  1. A cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position and stating your major achievements (in English)
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae with a list of your publications (in English)
  3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two potential referees

Please submit the application to our online application system:

Further Information
For further information, please contact Guy Brasseur (guy.brasseur(at) or Nico Caltabiano (nico.caltabiano(at) Do not forward your application to this email addresses; the application needs to be submitted through the online application system (see link above). Do not forward your application to this email address; the applications need to be sub-mitted through the online application system (see link above).


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