PhD Position “Greenland Ice Cores as Proxy for European Extremes” (m/f/d)

Alfred Wegener Institute
October 26, 2023
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PhD Position “Greenland Ice Cores as Proxy for European Extremes” (m/f/d)

Background Using high-resolution Greenland ice cores and related proxies from mid- latitudes (such as oxygen isotopes in tree rings, lake sediments, and corals), as well as (paleo)reanalysis data, observations, and future projections based on model runs specially designed to include freshwater hosing to simulate potential strong melt events in Greenland, this PhD project aims to investigate the teleconnections between Greenland ice cores and mid- latitude weather extremes. It also aims to explore how the relationship between Greenland's climate and extreme weather events over Europe is evolving. The project will establish a long-term perspective on recent changes in Greenland's climate and associated extremes over Europe. Main goals:

  • Analysing Greenland–Europe teleconnection patterns as captured by various proxy data such as ice cores, tree rings, lake sediment, and corals
  • Identifying large-scale extreme climate anomaly patterns associated with interannual to multidecadal ice core variability
  • Investigating the implications of widespread melting in Greenland on extreme events in Europe and potential changes, both present and future, in large-scale atmospheric circulation
  • Tasks

  • Collecting and analysing all available proxy records such as ice cores, tree rings, lake sediments, and corals from Greenland and mid-latitudes
  • Analysing specially designed climate simulations performed using the Alfred Wegener Institute climate model, AWI-CM
  • Writing scientific papers
  • Presenting results at international conferences
  • Requirements

  • Master's or equivalent degree in a relevant field such as meteorology, oceanography, climate science, physics, or mathematics
  • Demonstrated programming skills
  • a solid understanding of climate physics and paleoclimatology
  • Good communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • Further Information

    Please contact Dr. Monica Ionita ([email protected]; +49(471)4831-1845) for further information.

    This position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Bremerhaven. All doctoral candidates will be members of AWI's postgraduate program POLMAR or another graduate school and thus benefit from a comprehensive training program and extensive support measures.

    The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success - excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job and towards other positions
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working up to 50% of regular working hours
  • Health promotion and company fitness with qualitrain
  • support services and a culture of reconciling work and family
  • Occupational pension provision (VBL)
  • Jobticket
  • Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of employees who are women, and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

    Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

    The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

    We look forward to your application!

    Please submit your application by October 26 th 2023, exclusively online.Please submit your application, including (1) a letter of motivation, (2) a CV and copies of relevant certificates (master's degree; training), (3) two letters of recommendation or the contact information of two references, by August 14 th, 2023. Electronic applications only. Interviews will take place between 04 th and 09th of September 2023.

    Reference number: 23/121/G/INSPIRES-b


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