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For our Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Oberpfaffenhofen we are looking for
Physicist, Mathematician, Computer Scientist or similar (f/m/x)
Improving climate models and analysis with machine learning and spaceborne Earth observations
What to expect:
The Department Earth System Model Evaluation and Analysis of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR-IPA) in collaboration with the Climate Modelling Department of the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) at the University of Bremen invites applications for 8-10 PhD positions in the field of improving climate models and analysis with machine learning and spaceborne Earth observations. The PhD candidates will be supervised by Prof. Veronika Eyring, head of the department and Professor of Climate Modelling at the University of Bremen. All PhD candidates will also be co-supervised by a leading expert in this field from the ERC Synergy Grant “Understanding and Modelling the Earth System with Machine Learning (USMILE,” or from another collaborating institution. An extended research stay at the co-supervisor’s institution is envisaged. Based on the candidate’s experience and interest, PhD positions in the following broad areas of research are available:
  • developing and enhancing ML-based parametrizations for climate models to reduce systematic errors and to enhance projection capabilities with innovative ML methods (e.g., physical constraints, eXplainable Artificial Intelligence, uncertainty quantification, causal deep learning)
  • developing data-driven equation discovery methods to learn interpretable and physically consistent equations from high-fidelity datasets to enhance understanding and representation of subgrid-scale processes (e.g., clouds, convection) in climate models
  • developing and benchmarking foundation models for selected climate modeling tasks
  • developing ML-techniques for improved understanding and detection of extreme events
  • developing innovative methods, including ML, to enhance the evaluation and analysis of climate models in comparison to observations using the Earth System Model Evaluation Tool (ESMValTool,
At the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics and the University Bremen we provide excellent facilities with opportunities to work with world-renowned experts in the field of Earth system modelling, Earth observations, and machine learning. The department develops an ML-enhanced version of the Icosahedral nonhydrostatic (ICON) model alongside an evaluation system (ESMValTool) that supports the comprehensive evaluation of Earth system models in comparison to observations and to other models participating in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). The ultimate goal is to improve climate models and projections with machine learning and spaceborne Earth observations for actionable climate science and technology assessments in aeronautics, space, transport, and energy research. For further reference of our work, please see the Veronika’s publications at and our Github repository at
Please submit your application including a letter of motivation explaining your research interest for the selected topic, curriculum vitae, publication list if available, documentation of academic degrees and certificates, and two letters of reference. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women.
What we expect from you:
  • Master/diploma or equivalent degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or similar field with adequate educational background for a PhD thesis in computer science or physics
  • very good programming skills (preferably python)
  • experience in data analysis
  • interest in climate research and Earth system modelling
  • enthusiasm, motivation and creativity
  • fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • experience in machine learning and climate modelling is an advantage
What we offer:
DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.
Further information:
Starting date: as soon as possible
Duration of contract: 3 years 
Type of employment: Part-time
Remuneration: up to 75 % of the German TVöD 13
Vacancy-ID: 95386
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