PhD position in ocean biogeochemistry; Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M), a multidisciplinary centre for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany, invites applications

The applicant will be part of the Research Group Ocean Biogeochemistry in the Department The Ocean in the Earth System. The research will focus on reconstructing the ocean carbon cycle and its interactions with climate during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. The main tool will be the existing Earth system model of the MPI-M, which includes the ocean biogeochemistry model HAMOCC. One of the objectives of the project will be to improve our understanding of the PETM and its potential to serve as an analogue of the future climate perturbations due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a M.Sc. or diploma in Geosciences, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences, Physics or a related field. Experience, or a strong interest in biogeochemistry and modeling is of advantage. Good programming skills (FORTRAN on Unix platforms) are desirable, since the applicant will use facilities of the high performance computing centre. The working language is English. The MPI-M encourages doctoral students to participate in the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modeling.

The position is offered for three years. Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions up to TVöD E13/65%, including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Tatiana Ilyina via E-mail.

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of femalescientists and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparablequalifications receive preferential status.

All applications (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of at least two referees) received before 15th of March 2011 will have full consideration. The positions will remain open until filled.

Applications should be sent via E-Mail (max. 2 MB pdf-attachment) or by post to:

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Administration (SAS2011-07)
Bundesstrasse 53
20146 Hamburg

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