Senior Scientist for theoretical and stochastic modelling of Earth System processes – Deadline 22 December 2021

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics, thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.


As part of the joint Helmholtz Research Programme “Changing Earth – Sustaining our Future”, we explore and deepen the use of the instrumental and paleoclimate record for quantitatively constraining the prediction of the future climate.

You will contribute to this effort by leading the development and implementation of theoretical frameworks and simplified conceptual models describing Earth System processes. This includes the theoretical formulation of observation models describing for example how climate variations are recorded in paleo-climate archives such as ice-cores as well as simplified models of climate system properties such as the spatio-temporal structure of climate variability. You will thus provide a link between the proxy understanding, observational analysis, complex climate modelling and statistics by contributing to the theoretical framework of the underlying processes.

You will

  • Lead the long-term development of the theoretical foundation of (climate)-proxy models that allow estimate and correct the distortion happening between the climate signal and the measured geochemical record.
  • Develop methods to estimate and summarize the spatio-temporal structure of environmental variations that provide the basis to better understand past, current, and future earth system variability.
  • Enhance the knowledge generation from observational analysis and complex modelling by constructing and analyzing simplified models.
  • Provide considerable expertise in statistical and analytical tools for the digital infrastructures of the Research Area Earth and Environment.
  • Support the team in mathematical modelling

  • PhD in physics, mathematics, earth and planetary sciences or meteorology
  • Experience as PostDoc
  • Strong analytical thinking
  • Programming skills in R or an equivalent programming language
  • Expertise in modeling stochastic processes, solving differential equations spectral analysis & signal processing
  • Knowledge of climate and weather dynamics & mechanisms of variability on synoptic to millennial timescales
  • Knowledge of and experience in data analysis and the development of new analysis tools
  • Experience in the publication of scientific results in international journals
  • Skills in written and spoken English

Desirable skills and knowledge

  •  Experience with paleo-climate archives
Further Information

Please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Laepple (; +49(331)288-2159) for further information.

This is a full-time position, limited to 3 years with the potential to become permanent employment. It is also suitable for part-time employment. Tenure time can be shortened depending on the candidate’s degree of qualification. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 14. The place of employment will be Potsdam.

We look forward to your application!

Please submit your application by December 22nd 2021, exclusively online.
Reference number 21/204/G/Geo-tt.

More information about the application here.

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