Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

Head of Department for Earth System Modelling at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR and Professorship (W2) (6 years/tenure track) of Climate Modelling at the Faculty of Physics of LMU Munich

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität und Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-long tradition, it offers a broad spectrum that covers all areas of knowledge within its 18 Faculties, ranging from the humanities, law, economics and social sciences, to medicine and the natural sciences.

DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR investigates the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere from the surface up to the mesosphere. The knowledge of dynamical, cloud physical, and chemical processes constitute the basis for many aerospace applications. On both regional and global scales the relevant processes and changes of the state of the atmosphere are quantified and systematically investigated using remote sensing, research aircraft, and computational models.

The Faculty of Physics of LMU and the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR invite applications for a

Head of Department for Earth System Modelling

at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR and

Professorship (W2) (6 years/tenure track) of Climate Modelling

at the Faculty of Physics of LMU Munich commencing as soon as possible.

The department for Earth System Modelling is one of six departments at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of DLR. The department investigates the movement and chemical composition of atmospheric air and the associated energy and mass fluxes with the help of numerical simulations and appropriate observation data.

The research topics include: transport and climate, quantification of transport effects (land, sea, air), evaluation of mitigation options, coupled dynamical, physical and chemical processes in the global atmosphere, climate effects of aerosols, investigations on water vapour, ice-saturated regions, and cirrus clouds, clouds and convection in global climate models, linkage of remote-sensing data and numerical model simulations, Lagrangian transport schemes, and development of simplified climate models.

LMU Munich and DLR seek to appoint a highly motivated, and internationally recognized expert in climate modelling with special focus on one or more of the research topics mentioned above. The candidate is further expected to lead a group of about 30 staff members, she/he will represent and strategically develop the research portfolio of the department, and will initiate novel national and international projects and acquire third party funding. The successful applicant will be expected to teach students of LMU Munich for two hours per week.

LMU Munich and DLR also address highly qualified junior academic with this professorship and, therefore, especially encourage early-career scholars to apply. Prerequisites for this position are a university degree and a doctoral degree or a comparable specific qualification. With an excellent record in research and teaching to date, prospective candidates will have demonstrated the potential for an outstanding academic career.

The future holder of this position will be appointed to LMU Munich as a university professor (pay grade W2) under the terms of a private-law contract and will be granted leave of absence in order to be employed at DLR as head of Department for Earth System Modelling at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics based on an employment agreement under private law.

The initial appointment will be for six years. After a minimum of three years, it can be converted into a permanent position pending a positive evaluation of the candidate’s performance in research and teaching as well as his or her personal aptitude and if all legal conditions are met.

LMU Munich and DLR make a point of providing newly appointed professors with various types of support, such as welcoming services and assistance for dual career couples.

LMU Munich and DLR are equal opportunity employers. The University and DLR continue to be very successful in increasing the number of female faculty members and strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Furthermore, disabled candidates with essentially equal qualifications will be given preference.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp, Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, E-Mail:

Please submit your application comprising a curriculum vitae, documentation of academic degrees and certificates as well as a list of publications to the Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Schellingstrasse 4, 80799 Munich, Germany, as well as to Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp, at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA) of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany, no later than August 12, 2020.

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