Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung GmbH (ZMT), Bremen

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, ZMT contributes to developing strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems.

The ZMT is looking for an ERC-funded

Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d)

Reference number: 194-ERC

in tropical convection.

The position and scope:

This is a collaborative postdoc position between the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, the Niels Bohr Institute and the Jacobs University Bremen. We are seeking a self-driven postdoctoral researcher who will work in a team of PhD students, postdocs, and graduate students to better understand tropical cloud organization. The position is funded through the ERC project “Cloud-cloud interaction in convective precipitation” (INTERACTION). 

The postdoctoral candidate is expected to have a vision on their research within the working group. Observational, numerical, and theoretical approaches are equally welcome. The candidate will have the opportunity to guide graduate students, e.g. co-supervise PhD or MSc students. The position is equipped with a travel budget, which can be used to attend conferences or visit collaborators.


The position will be based within the group Complexity and Climate group at ZMT, but there will be exchange with the Atmospheric Complexity team at the Niels Bohr Institute (atmospheric-complexity.nbi.ku.dk). Further, collaboration within the transregio project TRR181 (Energy Transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean) is encouraged and promoted. Research exchange with atmospheric science research centers in Europe will be facilitated and financially supported. 


Candidates should have a PhD (or be close to its completion) in physics, mathematics, meteorology/atmospheric science or computational fluid dynamics. Programing experience in an efficient programing language (e.g. fortran, python, c/c++, or similar) is expected. Curiosity, analytical thinking, and good communication skills are essential. Some familiarity with atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, or ocean-atmosphere interaction will be beneficial, but is not critical. Enthusiasm to both work within a team and alone are expected.

We offer:

  • An exciting working environment in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented institute
  • A highly motivated, solution oriented and inspiring group of colleagues
  • Freedom and support to develop an own research profile
  • A family-friendly diverse working environment

The position should start in May 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be initially limited to 2 years. Salary will be paid according to the German TV-L EG 13 (100%). ZMT is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with a migration background are welcome. Disabled persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jan O. Haerter at jan.haerter(at)leibniz-zmt.de or haerter(at)nbi.ku.dk for further information.

Please send your application Cover letter, a 1,000-word motivation statement, degrees and transcripts from any previous courses taken, CV including publications (if any), a list of three personal references, including names, email addresses, and phone numbers until April 15th, 2021 as a single pdf file with the reference number “194 – ERC” to Ms. Lena Oehlmann, bewerbung(at)leibniz-zmt.de.

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Fahrenheitstraße 6, D-28359 Bremen