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 a

Postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d)

(Reference number: 193-PostDoc)

on tropical climate extremes.

Tropical extreme climate events resulting from clusters of deep convective precipitation pose a growing threat to the local human communities, especially near the coasts, where population density is high. Storminess and rainfall extremes can lead to local flooding and damage to the infrastructure. Due to their small scale origin and scale interaction, the prediction of mesoscale events - such as mesoscale convective systems - is so far not reliable and the observational basis incomplete. Such mesoscale systems also impact on local ecosystems and can lead to cyclogenesis. Candidates interested in exploring one of the following topics are especially invited to apply: deepening the understanding of mesoscale convective systems and the super-cluster structure existing within large-scale populations of mesoscale convective systems; the impact of tropical convection and storminess on local communities and ecosystems; land-atmosphere interactions and how extreme convective events are affected by land use changes.  

The position and scope:

This is a collaborative postdoc position between the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, the Jacobs University Bremen and the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen. 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 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, e.g. to attend conferences or follow collaborative initiatives. Initiating collaborations in tropical locations would be especially welcome.


The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to follow an international collaboration, between the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Bremen, Germany. The position will be based within the group Complexity and Climate group at ZMT, but there will be collaboration 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.  


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 summer 2021. The contract will 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 qualification 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 May 15th, 2021 as a single pdf file with the reference number “193 – PostDoc” to Lena Oehlmann, bewerbung(at)leibniz-zmt.de.

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