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Postdoctoral position in Atmosphere Dynamics

Postdoctoral position in Atmosphere Dynamics


The Open University of Israel

The project is in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science. The successful candidate could be employed by the Weizmann Institute, subject to admission by the Institute.




Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences (NP)

Full time


Full funding is available

Required education

Application deadline
11 April 2020

31 October 2019

Job description

A postdoctoral position is available under the joint supervision of Dr. Orli Lachmy from the Open University of Israel and Prof. Yohai Kaspi from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The project investigates the effect of midlatitude latent heat release on the general circulation of the atmosphere. Commonly accepted theories of the midlatitude atmospheric circulation are based on dry dynamics, assuming that dry eddy heat flux divergence and convergence balance the adiabatic heating and cooling by the mean meridional circulation. However, latent heat release associated with midlatitude storms turns out to be an important component of the midlatitude heat budget, potentially affecting the latitudinal structure of the storm track and eddy-driven jet. Latent heating is expected to increase in response to increased greenhouse gas concentration. While the effect of increased tropical latent heating on the general atmospheric circulation has been extensively studied, the effect of midlatitude latent heating has received little attention.

The postdoctoral researcher will be required to set up a series of numerical simulations using an idealized general circulation model and to analyze comprehensive climate model output and reanalysis data, in order to assess the role of midlatitude latent heating in the atmospheric circulation of the present climate and under climate change conditions. Original ideas and suggestions from the postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged.

The position requires:
A PhD in atmospheric science or a related field.
Strong background in atmosphere dynamics, numerical modeling and data analysis.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

The position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, preferably before 30 November 2019. Full funding is available for the suitable candidate. The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of an extension for additional one or two year, subject to satisfactory progress.

How to apply

Please send the application material, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list and contact details of at least two academic references to: