The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is an internationally renowned cen-ter for climate research located in Hamburg, Germany. The MPI-M provides a vibrant international and interdisciplinary environment for conducting scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. The institute is located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable cities, and is embedded in an environment known worldwide for its breadth of climate research.

The project ComparCE-2 “Comparative assessment of potential impacts, side effects and uncertainties of Climate Engineering measures and emission-reduction efforts” is part of the second phase of the German Research Foundation Priority Programme 1689. This is a project between MPI-M and several other German research institutes and universities which examines the risks and side effects of Climate Engineering. Within the research group Ocean Biogeochemistry in the department The Ocean in the Earth System of the MPI-M and as part of the project ComparCE-2, we are look-ing for a


Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f, Ref. MPIM-W042)

in the area of ocean biogeochemical modeling using the model HAMOCC in the framework of the Max Planck Institute’s Earth System Model (MPI-ESM). Model simulations will be performed with a special focus on scenarios combining different climate engineering (CE) measures (such as afforestation, ocean alkalinity en-hancement, and stratospheric sulfate aerosol injection), detection and attribution of signals, side effects, and uncertainty assessments. The focus of this position will be to investigate the effects of global and regional ocean alkalinity enhancement on ma-rine biogeochemistry and Earth’s climate. This research will contribute to understand-ing of the ocean biogeochemistry feedbacks in the Earth system.


  • Refine existing model scenarios of global and regional alkalinity enhancement and define new ones in the ocean biogeochemistry model HAMOCC.
  • Develop and perform simulations with HAMOCC in the framework of the MPI-ESM.
  • Perform detection and attribution analysis related to alkalinity enhancement and its termination.
  • Contribute to project coordination.
  • Disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.

Qualifications / Experience

  • A PhD in oceanography, geoscience, environmental sciences, or a related field is required for this position.
  • Compelling understanding of ocean biogeochemical dynamics, in particular re-garding its role in Earth’s climate.
  • Experience with ocean carbon cycle models, skill in model development.
  • Strong programming skills in Fortran, post-processing and visualization software (e.g., NCL, CDO), as well as experience in handling large data sets.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and an ability to effectively com-municate results of scientific research to project members and international col-leagues.

Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for 3 years, with a starting date as soon as possible.
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions (TVoeD E14), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, in-cluding upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology seeks to increase the number of female scientist and encourages them to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Selection criteria
Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the re-sponsibilities as outlined for this project.

How to submit your application for this post
Please submit:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae
  3. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees by uploading the documents in our online application system:

Deadline for applying
This vacancy has been opened 30 June 2017. A first cut-off date for the collection of the applications is foreseen on 15 August 2017. If the position is not filled, this vacancy announcement will be re-published indicating a second cut-off date.
Further information on this position

For further information, please contact Dr. Tatiana Ilyina (tatiana.ilyina(at)
Do not forward your application to this email address, the applications need to be submitted through the online application system (see link above).


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