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PhD Position in Atmospheric Science at IAC

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC).

Project background

Long-term weather predictions on weekly to monthly timescales are crucial for a wide range of sectors. The stratosphere contributes to this predictability in the aftermath of extreme stratospheric events, so-called sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) events. These events can lead to persistent cold weather over large parts of the Northern Hemisphere and thereby increase long-term predictability. Less is known about the origin and predictability of SSW events themselves.

Job description

The goal of this project is to investigate the wave dynamics and predictability of extreme stratospheric events. We are looking for a candidate for a PhD position in the group of D. Domeisen at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich. The project will address the predictability of the stratosphere on sub-seasonal to seasonal timescales using tools ranging from simple to complex numerical models. The PhD candidate will work on the theory of SSW events, perform model simulations, and perform data analysis. The aim is to advance our understanding of the causes and predictability of sudden stratospheric warming events.

Your profile

The candidate is expected to have a Master degree in atmospheric science, applied mathematics, physics, or a related field, with a strong interest in atmospheric fluid dynamics. A background in atmospheric dynamics is an advantage. Excellent coding skills are an advantage. The candidate should speak English fluently, and have excellent communication skills.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specializing in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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We look forward to receiving your online application by September 30 including the following documents: CV, motivation letter, degree certificates, and names and contact information of two references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, please visit our website: For information about the research group visit Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Daniela Domeisen by email at [email protected] (no applications).



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