Position in Palaeoclimate Modelling of the European Alps
University of Tübingen, , Germany
Apply before: 30 October 2020

The Earth System Dynamics research group at the University of Tübingen, Germany, announces 1 PhD position or 1 Postdoc position associated with a new DFG-funded project (“REAL: Reconstructing Eastward Propagation of Surface Uplift in the Alps: Integrating Stable Isotope Palaeoaltimetry and Palaeoclimate Modelling”) that is part of the priority program “Mountain Building Processes in 4D” ( It is a collaborative effort of the University of Tübingen (palaeoclimate modelling) and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt (stable isotope palaeoaltimetry) and aims to constrain the surface uplift history of the European Alps. Candidates with interests in Earth system dynamics, palaeoclimate, atmospheric general circulation modelling (GCM) and modern empirical methods should apply.

The appointment is for 36 months and salaries are at the German TV-E13 level (75%). Responsibilities: The candidate will conduct simulations with the isotope tracking GCM ECHAM-wiso for different times and topographic scenarios in the Neogene, process and analyse output using cutting edge software and methods, and collaborate with PhD students and postdocs from different institutes and disciplines to address the project’s aims. State of the art facilities for high performance computing are available.

Requirements for applicants are written and spoken fluency in English and completion of an MSc degree (or equivalent) prior to appointment as a PhD candidate or completion of a PhD prior to appointment as a postdoctoral researcher. Proficiency in German is beneficial, but not required. The applicant is required to have basic knowledge of shell scripting, Python or the willingness to learn these in the early stages of the project. Knowledge of modern Fortran is beneficial.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group