PhD position

Developing Quantum Machine Learning Based Parametrizations for Climate Models

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Duration of contract

3 years


up to German TVöD 13

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During your PhD you will utilize high-resolution ICON simulations (large eddy simulations – LES and cloud resolving simulations) to develop a quantum machine learning parameterization, and will implement the new parameterization into ICON. This will allow you to work with cutting-edge technologies to improve climate projections and ultimately help with the adaption to and mitigation of climate change.

  • Development of quantum machine learning techniques that can learn subgrid processes in coarse resolution state information
  • Implementation into the general circulation model ICON
  • Performing corresponding ICON-QML simulations
  • Evaluation of the resulting ICON-QML with the Earth System Model Evaluation Tool (ESMValTool)
  • Application of ICON-QML to a specific use case (e.g. impact of ship emissions on atmosphere and climate)
  • Documentation of the results and software

At DLR-IPA we provide excellent facilities with opportunities to work with world-renowned experts in the field of Earth system modelling and machine learning for climate science. The PhD students will be part of the Earth System Model Evaluation and Analysis Department at DLR-IPA. The department is strongly linked to international research activities within the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), with substantial contributions to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP), and also involved in the European Lab for Learning & Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Your qualifications:

  • Master/diploma or equivalent degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or similar field with adequate educational background for a PhD thesis in physics
  • excellent programming skills (preferably python)
  • experience in machine learning
  • experience in atmospheric physics and climate modelling is an advantage
  • knowledge and/or interest in quantum computing
  • excellent analytical skills, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • enthusiasm, motivation and creativity
  • fluency in English (written and spoken)

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Mrs. Dr. Mierk Schwabe
Institute of Atmospheric Physics

Phone: +49 8153 28-4239

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