The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary center for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of the premier climate science research institutes in the world. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s most livable and vibrant cities, it provides a highly international and interdisciplinary environment to conduct scientific research as well as access to state-of-the-art scientific facilities. You can also have a virtual tour to our campus.

The MPI-M is now opening 3-year position for

TWO Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Climate Dynamics (W-0007 all genders)

to investigate the dynamical mechanisms for the formation of tropical Pacific climate change pattern. Primary research questions to address are:

How do we explain the model-observation discrepancy in the tropical Pacific SST pattern change in the recent past?
How do we reconcile the observed past and projected future changes in the tropical Pacific SST pattern?
What is the relative importance of local and remote drivers of tropical Pacific SST pattern changes in the past and future?

The successful candidates will be part of the director’s research group in the new Climate Dynamics Department, which focuses on the use of model hierarchies to develop and test ideas for understanding the teleconnection pathways that drive the tropical climate pattern changes.

Positions are offered for 3 years, with the possibility of extension to 6 years, subject to the availability of funding.


Designing numerical experiments to test different hypotheses, ability to demonstrate scientific leadership will be a strong advantage
Use of the experimental data for scientific analysis leading to peer reviewed publications in leading journals
Contributing to the intellectual environment within the institute and working group
Where necessary, supervising student, master research and PhD projects
Scientific outreach through the presentation of research findings


Ph.D. in Physics, Meteorology, Atmospheric or Climate Sciences or a related discipline by the start date. Preferably with first postdoctoral experience in atmospheric/climate science
Scientific interest and expertise as demonstrated by publications as lead or co-lead author in the field of climate dynamics
Excellent analytical and programming skills
Ability to work both in a team and autonomously. Ability to communicate effectively
Fluency in written and spoken English


Participation in a challenging part of science in an international, intellectually stimulating environment
Access to complex workflows on the bleeding edge of what is technologically possible, as well as working for and with an open-source community
Very good opportunities for self-realization, freedom in and influence upon the decisions what to do, and how to do it
Excellent opportunities for further (self-)training and development, self-organized and/or in external courses and events, including supervisory experience
A network of very experienced and innovative colleagues within the institute, and at project partner institutions with a long-proven tradition of sharing knowledge and information
Possibility for flexible time-management and measures to support work-life balance
Attractive subsidy for job ticket in Hamburg (DeutschlandJobTicket)


Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions depending on qualification (E14 TVöD), including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment, including upgrades and duration, follow the rules of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and those of the German civil service
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals


Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications and ability to fulfill the responsibilities as outlined for this position.


We are looking forward to receiving your online application by August 15th, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled.

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