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Nominations open for 1 new IAUC Board Member

2016-08-07 in Positions

We are now calling for nominations for 1 new member of the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate. This is to replace Andreas Christen of University of British Columbia whose term expires in 2016.

The Board seeks members eager to play an active role in the development of the society and who reflect the diversity of the membership in terms of their perspectives, fields of study and geographical location; we particularly encourage nominations of female members. The procedures for Board elections are available at the IAUC website: follow IAUC Procedures and Administrative Matters under ‘Organisation’ in the main navigation menu). To see the present composition of the IAUC board, see the Current Board Members.

Post-doctoral position on urban climate modeling: Environment Canada

2016-06-10 in Positions

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and its Meteorological Research Division (MRD), located in Dorval, Quebec, Canada, invites applications to an open post-doctoral position. The position is located in the Numerical Prediction Research section (better known as Recherche en prevision numerique – RPN) and is co-funded by the Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec (INSPQ) and Health Canada. The RPN laboratory is internationally recognized for its research related to the development of dynamical and physical aspects of atmospheric modelling systems, and has the mandate of implementing and improving operational numerical environmental prediction systems at the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC).

Benefits and conditions for the post-doctoral position are based on the program of Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories of the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

The salary is approximately $60,000 Canadian per year. Funding is available for a period of two years, possibly renewable for a third year. The preferred starting date is 3 October 2016 (but could be later depending on candidates availability).

The primary focus of this work is on the evaluation of the impact of urban planing strategies on heat-related meteorological aspects, in particular for areas with larger socioeconomic risks in the eastern part of the Montreal metropolitan area (starting with a project of land-use modifications along one of the highway). ECCC’s sub-km atmospheric model and high-resolution Surface Prediction System (SPS) both including representation of urban processes will be used and developed as part of this project. Numerical experiments will be conducted to evaluate the impact of modified landscape on near-surface meteorology and heat stress indicators during selected periods of intense heat. In addition to these urban planning and mitigation experiments, the SPS system will be tested and implemented as a forecasting tool for all major cities in Canada.

Enquiries and applications including a short statement of motivation, CV, list of publications, and contact information for two professional referees can be directed to:

Dr. Stephane Belair
Environment and Climate Change Canada
2121 Trans-Canada Highway, 5th floor
Dorval, Que., Canada, H9P 1J3

PhD Position: University of Reading & Met Office

2016-06-10 in Positions

Surface fluxes, temperatures and boundary layer evolution at the building greyzone in London

Supervisors: Prof Sue Grimmond (University of Reading), Dr Sylvia Bohnenstengel (Met Office@ Reading), Dr Humphrey Lean (Met Office@ Reading), Dr Martin Best (Met Office, Exeter)

Funding: NERC Case Studentship (with the Met Office)  (You need to have been in the UK for 3 years or longer, if not in the UK  for three years but from EU – fees only). Expect or have a first class honours degree or distinction in a relevance Masters programme

Description: see PhD Position: U Reading & Met Office.


 Questions  Prof Sue Grimmond:

Scientist Position: Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of German Met Service

2016-06-03 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main invites applications for a scientist position (100%, temporary for 2 years) presumably starting August 1st, 2016.

The position focuses on the development and implementation of an automatic data pre-processing tool for high-resolution urban climate model applications and an evaluation study for German cities.

The position contributes to the Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation (Copernicus).  The research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure intends to develop and implement Copernicus services for public requirements in Germany.

For further details please refer to the job advertisement web site (only available in German language):

Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for the position. The application deadline is 10 June 2016.

Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site
For additional information, contact Dr. Saskia Buchholz

Two Postdoctoral Positions: Technische Universität Berlin

2016-05-03 in Positions

Two full-time postdoc positions will be available at the Technische Universität Berlin starting from June 1, 2016 to support the new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“.

Excellent German language skills are essentially required for both positions!

The new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“, which will start in June 2016, aims at development of an innovative urban climate model for entire cities like Stuttgart or Berlin that is able to resolve buildings and vegetation at spatial resolutions of 10 x 10 m² and finer, thus to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes at sufficient accuracy. Therefore, comprehensive observational data on weather, climate and air quality will be acquired for three German cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart) to validate the model. The BMBF research programme intends to involve selected user groups in model development and data acquisition for testing the new urban climate model and data acquisition concept and analysis tools with respect to their usability for a number of potential practical applications.

The first postdoc shall support Dieter Scherer (Chair of Climatology) in his scientific and administrative tasks as coordinator of the entire BMBF research programme. The contract will end on May 31, 2019, and may be renewed for a second period of three years depending on additional funding.

The second postdoc shall contribute to collaborative research on urban climate and air quality in Berlin involving both the Technische Universitaet Berlin and the Senate Department of Urban Development and Environment Berlin. The contract will end on November 30, 2017.

For further details,  please check the website where the job offers will be published soon.

Assistant/Associate Professor Position – Washington State University

2016-04-14 in Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pullman WA

Candidates are sought with expertise in the development, evaluation, and application of numerical air quality models related to air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change at urban to regional scales. The successful applicant will be expected to help lead and grow the WSU AIRPACT air quality forecast system operations. The selected applicant will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate air quality and environmental engineering courses, direct graduate student research, and develop a strong extramurally funded research program.

For details see:

PhD position: Hamburg – Wind tunnel experiments for urban climate model evaluation

2016-04-08 in Positions

A research associate and PhD candidate is required for boundary layer wind tunnel experiments in the collaborative research project “Urban Climate under Change – Evaluation of Urban Climate Models”.    EWTL is tasked with extensive systematic wind tunnel measurements replicating field sites in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg. The purpose of the measurements is to characterize and quantify representativeness and variability of field measurements concerning urban wind flows and ventilation.

Intended start of the 3-year contract is June 1, 2016. Application deadline will be April 22, 2016.

For details see the Hamburg PhD Position.

Two Scientist Positions: German Meteorological Service

2016-04-06 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main (Germany) invites applications for 2 scientist positions (100%, temporary for 3 years) presumably starting June 1st, 2016.
Both positions contribute to the German research programme “Urban Climate under Change” initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research programme intends to develop an innovative urban climate model that is able to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes for entire cities.

One position focuses on  measuring and evaluating computer simulated thermally driven winds (e.g. valley winds, park breezes) and their impact on ventilation and thermal hot spots in cities.
The other position focuses on the development of a user friendly software package to customize output from meso-scale models for forcing the new urban climate model. Additionally the software package and the new model have to be applied to urban climate studies.

For further details please refer to the job advertisement web sites (only available in German language):
Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for both positions.

The application deadline 14 APRIL 2016 is coming up shortly!!
Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site

For more information contact
Dr. Meinolf Kossmann

PhD or PDF position: Technische Universität Braunschweig

2016-03-24 in Positions

The Climatology and Environmental Meteorology working group (Institute of Geoecology, Technische Universität Braunschweig) is looking for a motivated person interested to measure and analyze turbulent fluxes of heat, CO2 and particles using the eddy covariance method in the urban environment.

The project is part of a large urban climate research initiative with a number of partners from German Universities and research institutions (pending final funding by the funding agency). The position is available from 1st June 2016. The position can be filled at either the PhD or post-doctoral level. The salary is according to German TV-L E13 (up to 100% depending on qualification).

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: performing eddy covariance and particle measurements, data analysis, statistical modelling, produce work of publishable quality for high quality peer reviewed journals.

Applicants should have a first degree in atmospheric/climate sciences, geoecology or from a related discipline, preferably with experience in eddy covariance measurements and/or particle measurements. The postholder will join a young and active team in atmospheric science at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He/she will have the chance to collaborate with leading researchers in urban climatology from all over Germany.

Applications are invited for a 36 month period (24 months + 12 months) including
          Letter of motivation
          Contact details of two potential referees
in a single pdf-document to Please use reference code 16-UC in your application.

Application Closing Date: 5th April 2016.

Technische Universität Braunschweig aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching, and encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration.

For additional information please contact: 

Scientist Position (2): Department of Geography, Humboldt University, Berlin

2016-03-24 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin invites applications for a scientist position (100%, temporary for 3 years) starting earliest June 1st, 2016. Salary is according to German state wage agreement for scientific staff (E13 TV-L HU). After all social security and tax deductions annual net salary ranges between 28.000 and 32.000 EUR depending on social status.

The successful applicant will work in a national initiative developing and evaluating a microscale urban climate model. The task will be to jointly carry out an intensive observation campaign on urban climate in Berlin and Stuttgart with a special focus on particulate matter. Further, his or her task will include developing land use based statistical models for regionalisation.

Applicants must hold a MSc or PhD in geography or neighbouring fields with core area in either physical geography, computer sciences, meteorology, physics, mathematics, engineering or similar. Ample knowledge of urban climate and measurement technologies as well as programming experience are prerequisites. Experience with the operation of databases is advantageous.

Along with your application please provide a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and documents as well as information on scientific publications and names of two referees. Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany or email it as a PDF attachment to

The Humboldt University is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Since we will not return your documents, please only submit copies in the application.
Please email Prof. Christoph Schneider in case you require further information.