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Position postdoctoral scientist (E13, 100%, TV-L), Department of Meteorology of Bonn University

17.02.2022 - Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

The Collaborative Research Center 1502 (SFB 1502) on Regional Climate Change: Disentangling the Role of Land Use and Water Management (DETECT) has recently been awarded funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In the framework of DETECT, the Institute for Geosciences, Department of Meteorology, of the University of Bonn invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist (E13, 100%, TV-L) starting as soon as possible. The position is fixed-term, initially for a period of 4 years, with the possibility of an extension.

DETECT is a research network of hydrologists, meteorologists, land-use modellers, geodesists, data assimilation and remote sensing specialists, data scientists, agricultural economists, and social scientists from the Faculties of Agriculture (LWF) and Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MNF) of the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn (UB), the Universities of Cologne and Göttingen (UG), the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). Projects within DETECT will investigate how land-use and water management lead to persistent modifications in the coupled water and energy cycles of land and atmosphere (‘drying’ and ‘wetting’); and thus disentangle the role of these drivers of regional climate change from radiative forcing. They will develop evidence-based sustainability criteria for climate-smart land and water use. The SFB 1502 is well embedded in the excellent research infrastructure of the participating institutions and offers access to state-of-the-art technologies and a vibrant scientific community.

The successful candidate will work in the project on ‘Precipitation Processes’. Atmospheric models still do not adequately represent precipitation generating processes, which is partly responsible for their deficiency in reproducing observed regional trends in total water storage (TWS). The PostDoc will focus on the evaluation of the representation of precipitation in the model exploiting polarimetric radar observations and state-of-the art retrievals. The candidate will quantify these deficiencies in the Integrated Monitoring System (IMS) by exploiting especially polarimetric radar observations with inherent information on precipitation generating processes aloft. The use of polarimetric microphysical retrievals and the evaluation of climate model runs in radar observation space enables to compare the observed and simulated impact of greenhouse gas forcing and regional anthropogenic interventions on precipitation generation.