Research Assistant (Postdoc)

The Meteorological Institute (MIM) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany invites applications for a Research Assistant (PostDoc) on improving the detection of riming and icing hazards using radar polarimetry and vertically pointing radar.

 

Date posted

Sep. 27, 2022 4:30 pm

Application deadline

Oct. 27, 2022 5:00 pm

Organization

The Meteorological Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Location

  • Germany

Job description

The Meteorological Institute (MIM) of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), Germany invites applications for a Research Assistant (PostDoc) on improving the detection of riming and icing hazards using radar polarimetry and vertically pointing radar.

The position is offered from 01.10.2022 for a period of 3 years. The position is full-time with salary and benefits based on the German TV-L E13 scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled.

Objectives and Tasks

The PostDoc position is embedded in the project PROM-POMODORI (“Combining radar POlarimetry, weather forecast MOdel outputs and DOppler radar observations for RIming analysis”) as part of the DFG Priority Programme 2115 „Fusion of Radar Polarimetry and Numerical Atmospheric Modelling Towards an Improved Understanding of Cloud and Precipitation Processes“ (PROM, see https://www2.meteo.uni-bonn.de/spp2115 for more information). The main goal of the POMODORI project, which is a collaboration between LMU and German Weather Service at Hohenpeissenberg Observatory, is to investigate riming of ice particles using radar remote sensing. Existing dataset from the operational polarimetric C-Band network will be combined with vertically pointing cloud radars and ICON model output to train an artificial neural network for the retrieval of riming. This will not only allow to better understand the riming process and to evaluate model simulation, but also bears the potential to substantially improve the operational detection of icing hazard conditions.

Your profile

We seek a talented and motivated candidate who has high interest in radar remote sensing of ice microphysics and who is familiar with analysis of complex observational datasets. Ideally, the candidate has experience in radar remote sensing in particular related to radar polarimetry, Doppler spectra, or multi-frequency radar applications. Mandatory requirements are a completed scientific university degree (diploma, master's degree or comparable) in meteorology, physics or related field. Excellent programming skills, ability to communicate in spoken and written English, and to work in a scientific team are expected.

How to apply: Please send your convincing application including a motivation letter (maximum 1 page) describing background, training, research interests and motivation for this position; your CV, certificates and the contact information of two referees all merged into a single PDF via email to stefan.kneifel[at]lmu.de. Only complete applications can be considered.

Review of applications will begin after 1st October 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The selection for the positions will be based solely on merit without regard to gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital or family status or other differences. The Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich seeks to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Also possible in a part-time capacity. People with disabilities who are equally qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.

For further information about the project and the position, please contact Dr Stefan Kneifel, stefan.kneifel[at]lmu.de

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