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PhD Position (m/f/d) “Process-based ATTribution of Extreme Temperatures to Anthropogenic drivers” (PATTETA) within climXtreme II project (Germany) 

Open PhD Position (m/f/d) on “Process-based ATTribution of Extreme Temperatures to Anthropogenic drivers” (PATTETA) within climXtreme II project. The Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at Leipzig University, Institute for Meteorology, seeks to fill the above position at the earliest opportunity. The advertised position will analyse the drivers of recent heat waves, in Central Europe and beyond, and will conduct attribution studies on this topic. Observational data and climate model ensemble simulations will be used for this purpose (in particular new single-forcing large ensemble simulations), analysed and combined via appropriate statistical and machine learning methods. A possible focus will be on delineating the effects of anthropogenic aerosol changes and greenhouse gas effects on recent changes in heat waves. Furthermore, several approaches to take circulation variability and different heatwave precursors into account will be tested for attribution studies, and to better understand projection uncertainties. The post holder is encouraged to bring her/his own research ideas to the project. 
About the position 
·     Fixed term of three years, starting date ideally in November or December 2023 
·     75 % of a full-time position, part-time work is possible 
·     Planned remuneration: salary group 13 TV-L 
·       completed M.Sc. degree in the field of meteorology, climate science, mathematics, physics, environmental sciences or a comparable field 
·       keen interest in understanding processes that lead to heat extremes, and how underlying factors contribute and change 
·       very good analytical and quantitative skills (statistical analysis, possibly machine learning) and knowledge of a high-level programming language (e.g., R, Python) 
·       experience in running and/or analysing global earth system model simulations and/or their subcomponents is beneficial 
·       very good command of written and spoken English 
What we offer 
·       a modern workplace and attractive working conditions (mobile working) 
·       flexible working hours and work-life balance 
·       attractive working environment in the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology, and enrolment in the Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation 
·       pension plan 
·       commuter pass for the MDV network 
For questions regarding the content of the advertised position, please contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Sippel (sebastian.sippel@uni-leipzig.de). As additional supervisors, Prof. Dr. Johannes Quaas (Theoretical Meteorology, johannes.quaas@uni-leipzig.de) and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Marlene Kretschmer (Climate Causality, marlene.kretschmer@uni-leipzig.de) are also 
available for questions. 
Please send your application documents by 21.09.2023, including a CV, contact details of two reviewers  and a short synopsis (max. 1 page) of your research interests and how you might apply them to the topic of the advertised position (e. g., focus on attribution studies, methodology) to: Sebastian Sippel (Sebastian.sippel@uni-leipzig.de) by email, quoting 
“climXtreme II: PATTETA”. Review of applications will start immediately and continues until the position is filled. 
Sebastian Sippel 
Tenure-Track Professor of Climate Attribution, Leipzig University, Leipzig 
Institute for Meteorology (LIM)