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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2020 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics
Reference number: 10229
We offer a PhD (“Prae-Doctoral”) position on “Satellite data assimilation for convective-scale numerical weather prediction (NWP)”. The position will be embedded in the new research group of Prof. Martin Weissmann on convective-scale NWP with particular focus on data assimilation and ensemble methods. The starting date can be as early as 1 February 2020 and the duration is for 4 years.
The Department of Meteorology and Geophysics has recently filled two professorship positions (Andreas Stohl and Martin Weissmann, both starting in the beginning of 2020) and is currently in the process of filling a third professorship. This will create an exciting international working environment for many new scientists, large potential for collaboration, and the opportunity for strong personal development.
Cloud-affected satellite observations are a promising source of information as they constitute the first area-wide observable signal of atmospheric convection and provide information on particularly sensitive areas. However, these observations are not yet assimilated in operational convection-permitting regional NWP models. The project shall investigate different approaches for the assimilation of this new observation type using in an idealized modelling environment based on the WRF model coupled with the DART assimilation system.
Besides research, you are expected to participate in teaching and the supervision of students. Financial support is available for attending international meetings and visiting international research partners in e.g. the U.S., Germany, Australia or Japan.
Participation in research, teaching and administration:
• Research in satellite data assimilation and NWP;
• Scientific publications and presentations;
• Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
• We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
• MSc or Diploma degree in meteorology, physics or related subject;
• Good communication skills and ability to work in a team;
• Programming experience;
• Excellent command of written and spoken English
Furthermore, experience in numerical modelling and / or data assimilation is an asset.
Your application should be a single PDF file that includes:
• A letter of motivation
• A curriculum vitae including research experience
• A list of publications and presentations, as well as evidence of teaching experience (if available)
• Contact information of two references
• Degree certificates.
Main research field
Special research fields
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 15.01.2020, mentioning reference number 10229.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.