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23. januar 2018

Postdoc in Complex Systems at the Niels Bohr Institute

The interdisciplinary Atmospheric Complexity team at Niels Bohr Institute is seeking a creative postdoctoral researcher. The team’s focus is on the physics of atmospheric self-organization on varying spatio-temporal scales, in particular on the interaction of the convective cloud field and the origin of extreme precipitation in a changing climate. We use methods from non-equilibrium statistical physics, fluid dynamics and geoscience to describe, understand and generalize complex processes in the atmosphere. We offer a creative, international and strongly interdisciplinary work environment.  
 
 
About the candidate and the position
The position we offer is equally open to (a) observational specialists, who are already familiar with combinations of radar and satellite data, as well as station measurements; or (b) theoreticians, who will apply fluid dynamical approaches to the question of convective self-organization. Applicants are encouraged to present their own ideas on self-organization in convection within their application.
 
You will be able to propose new theoretical approaches or suggest new ways to look at observational data, as well as design and analyze numerical experiments. The scientific methodology is to idealize atmospheric convection in high-resolution (~100 m) large-eddy simulations and exploit high-resolution observational data, to gain conceptually new understanding on the mechanisms of convective self-organization and the development of extreme precipitation, e.g. flash floods or meso-scale organization. You will be working as part of the Atmospheric Complexity team and the complex systems community at Niels Bohr Institute, as well as collaborate with climate modeling and meteorological institutes.  
 
You will have the opportunity to make strong research contributions within the field of convective self-organization, but will also be free to explore adjacent areas within complex systems research. You should have a Ph.D. in theoretical or applied physics, geo/atmospheric science, applied mathematics or a related field. You should be interested in building mathematical models of complex systems. Solid computational and mathematical skills will be necessary. Especially curiosity, personal drive, as well as strong social and communication skills are expected. Some experience with climate data would be beneficial.  
 
Further information on the atmospheric complexity team is available at http://atmospheric-complexity.nbi.ku.dk . Inquiries about the position can be made to Jan O. Haerter (haerter@nbi.dk).  
 
The position is open from 01/04/2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is initially offered for 2 years with an option of extension.  
 
NBI is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a work environment that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or age.  
 
Copenhagen is a family and bicycle-friendly European capital offering a high quality of life, a diverse cultural scene, parks and recreation, as well as easy access to a well-connected international airport.  
 
Terms of employment  
The positions are for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension. The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
 
• Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
 
• The basic salary is between DKK 33,000 and DKK 35,000 (4400/4700 €/month); a supplement can be negotiated depending on qualifications.  
 
• In addition to the basic salary a monthly contribution to a pension fund is added (17.1% of the salary).  
 
Most non-Danish citizens are eligible for a favorable tax scheme. Copenhagen is a beautiful, family-friendly city with a large international community, a lively and diverse cultural scene, and a very high quality of life. More on employment conditions: http://ism.ku.dk.  
 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking Apply online below.  
 
Please include  
- CV including names and contact information of 3 personal references,  
- Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent),  
- Motivation statement – description of current and future research plans,  
- Complete publication list,  
- Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers.  
 
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018, 23:59 GMT +1.  
 
You can read about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/  
 
 
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.