Usually, as a university professor you work with a group of postdocs, PhD students and master students. I have done this many years at the University of Göttingen and since 2006 as lecturer/reader/professor at the University of Reading in the UK. I am continuing this activity with a portion of my time. Currently this involves (co-)supervision of seven PhD students and two master students.
At a research institute, when you lead a divison or group, you have usually several permanent scientists in your group, plus some scientists on third-party funded research projects. These might be postdocs or research scientists.
Deutscher Wetterdienst is a federal institution with a strong business area of research. I have been leading the data assimilation division of DWD 2010-2021, with about 35-37 scientists in my group in 2020 (18 of them permanent). We now restructured into two divisions related to data assimilation, one on algorithms for initialization together with ensemble control (FE11), the other on observations modeling and verification (FE12).
I became head of the NWP department in 10/2020. NWP has about 90 scientists in house in four divisions (49 permanent). There are 7 leading scientists directly reporting to the NWP department head, including the four division heads. All other scientists report to the four division heads in our department:
We have regular meetings within NWP:
and for coordinating development and operations of NWP within DWD:
Our development is taking place in a network of partners including
We have an intensive interaction with these institutions and many scientists in different steering groups, working groups and committees. There are international and national coordination groups:
ICON-Seamless Working Group Meetings
We run yearly workshops and training:
as well as further workshops and symposia in cooperationwith partners, e.g. the