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 – W085)

to support research activities of the Air-Changes project (Air pollution in China and the unde-sired effects of mitigation strategies) in the Environmental Modelling Group of the Institute. The Air-Changes project conducted jointly with the University of Bremen, Fudan University in Shanghai and other Chinese research institutions is sponsored and funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

The objective of the project is to provide a comprehensive picture of the complex mechanisms that are involved in the observed trends of tropospheric ozone in China during the last decade. The project will assess, by using surface and space-based observations and modeling studies, the response of the ozone budget to changes in surface emissions and meteorological/climate conditions.

The main task involved for this position is to develop and apply regional atmospheric models (e.g., WRF-Chem) to assess and explain the causes of the observed ozone trends in China.  

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 atmos-pheric 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 self-responsible.
  • Fluency in English as working language. Knowledge of German or in Mandarin languages is welcome.

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 2 years, with a starting date in the summer of 2021.
  • 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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