PhD Student (m/f/d) in the field of rainfall modelling

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Kiel, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Application deadline: November 22nd 2020

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Meteorology of the research division Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics is offering a position as

PhD Student (m/f/d) in the field of rainfall modelling

starting on 1st February 2021. A later start can be considered.

Job description:

The main research tasks are in the fields of high-resolution climate modelling and statistical analysis in the area ‘Changes in rainfall statistics in response to global warming‘. The position is located in the Research Unit Maritime Meteorology in the Research Division Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics of GEOMAR. The main goal of the work is to gain a better understanding of how rainfall could develop on the different space and time scales as global warming continues. The relative roles of thermodynamic and dynamic influences for the rainfall changes is of particular interest. The FOCI-IFS, a coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea-ice general circulation model with a very high atmospheric resolution will be used to simulate the different scales as explicitly as possible.

GEOMAR is part of the Kiel Future Ocean Network and PhD students can enrol in the network's Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS).

The PhD student will be supervised jointly by Prof. Dr. Joakim Kjellsson and Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif.


  • Master degree in natural sciences (e.g., oceanography, meteorology, physics)
  • Knowledge in dynamics of the atmosphere and in atmosphere-ocean interactions is desirable
  • Experience with numerical models is desirable
  • Programming skills and experience with super-computing systems (e.g., Fortran, Unix/Linux, MPI, HPCs) are expected
  • Ability to work in a team is an asset
  • Fluency in English is required.

The position is available until 31st January 2024. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tarif for public employees. This is part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent. The position cannot be split; flexible working time models are generally possible. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "Doktorand Latif/Kjellsson / rainfall modelling in the subject line. Please send your application not later than November 22, 2020 to the following email address:


As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Mojib Latif (mlatif(at) and Prof. Joakim Kjellsson (jkjellsson(at) .

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at) In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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