Doctoral researcher (3-year) in applied mathematics

The research group on Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics at the Technical University of Munich seeks candidates for the following position:
doctoral researcher (3-year) in applied mathematics. Interested candidates should have a background in (at least one) of the following areas:
dynamical systems, stochastic processes, scientific computing or PDE.

The position is funded within the interdisciplinary CriticalEarth project (see description below) with a duration of up to 36 months. The successful candidate will join the research activities of the Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics group at TUM and contribute to the development of the CriticalEarth project with a focus on dynamics of differential equations and related applications in the geosciences.

We offer an interesting, varied and challenging position within a young, international and interdisciplinary team located at the Garching Campus of the TU München and the opportunity to work in an innovative research project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Program. The project is carried out in collaboration with several groups within the CriticalEarth Project Team located across Europe. The salary scale is TV-L 13 at 75%.

There is a mobility requirement: You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Further Requirements:
• Master-degree or equivalent (completed already or to be completed till January 2021)
• strong technical background in mathematics or physics
• general interest in climate/geoscience and related applications
• good English language skills (written and oral)
• excellent grades

Application Materials
• CV + publication list
• transcript(s) for bachelor-/master-level studies
• names and full contact addresses of at least two references
• brief statement of scientific interests / motivation
should be sent as ONE PDF file with the subject line "Critical Earth" to Christian Kühn:

Evaluation of applications may start immediately, the main application deadline is: November 30th 2020. However, applications may be accepted until the position is filled. Once the position is filled, this will be announced on the webpage:

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university's research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

About the CriticalEarth project: The objective of CriticalEarth is to train a cohort of exceptional young scientists, and to advance our understanding of tipping points and assess possible connections between tipping elements in the climate. Fundamental development of the mathematics involved in such multi-scale problems and methods for exploring rare events and critical transitions in computationally heavy state-of-the-art climate models are in focus.
The dynamical behavior of complex systems such as the climate in terms of bifurcations and the dependence on stochastic fluctuations as well as the feedbacks involved in the physical processes causing critical transitions will be subject of the research. [This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 956170]

Informal enquiries regarding the position should be directed to:
Research Group on Multiscale and Stochastic Dynamics, Department of Mathematics, Technical University Munich


Job location: 
Department of Mathematics,
Boltzmannstraße 3
85748 Garching bei München
Contact and application information
Monday, November 30, 2020
Contact name: 
Christian Kühn
Contact email: