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50059368_2 - 2021/KG 2

PhD candidate (m/f/d)

Beginn der Ausschreibung01.04.2021
Ende der Ausschreibung29.04.2021
Institut bzw. BereichGerics - Climate Service Center
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BewerbermanagementFrau Erika Krüger

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD candidate (m/f/d), starting as soon as, in the research project „Influence of climate change on wind energy site assessment“ (KliWiSt) in the frame of the BMWi funded joint research project "KliWiSt". The position is limited to 3 years and is intended to complete with a PhD. The place of employment is Hamburg.

GERICS develops science based prototype products and services in support to government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. It builds up a national and international network structure in order to integrate existing competences and knowledge, and to link various actors within the complex area of climate change.

The project KliWiSt is a BMWi funded joint research project with Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES). It’s aim is to assess climate change impacts specifically for the procedure of wind energy site assessment, and to synthesize guidelines informing future engineering standard specifications. The project considers the whole processing chain from practice- and sector-relevant identification of requirements and research gaps, an extensive analysis of observational data as well as past and future climate projections with a focus on wind climate variability and uncertainty, and the development of methodological approaches to incorporate climate (change) and uncertainty information into conventional industry-procedures. It will be rounded out by demonstrating case studies, and the transfer into guidelines for incorporation into future engineering standard specifications. The project will be supported and informed by industry-partners to develop practice- and sector-relevant products tailored to industry-requirements.

Your tasks

  • analysis of past and future climate on the basis of high-resolution climate model ensemble data from EURO-CORDEX and other relevant reanalysis and observational data, with a focus on wind climate variability, climate bandwidth and uncertainty
  • analysis of regional climate model simulations at convection permitting scales to assess the sensitivity of the simulated wind climate with respect to spatial and temporal scales
  • extensive identification and analysis of uncertainty sources with respect to climate model simulations and data processing (such as methodological-technical uncertainty originating from interpolation procedures, power curves etc.)
  • verification of the developed methodologies through demonstrating case studies
  • support the development of dedicated climate impact indices for wind energy (such as for strong wind, icing, faunistic migration, etc.)
  • support the identification and analysis of practice- and sector relevant climate characteristics specific to wind energy
  • support the co-development of guidance documents for transfer into future engineering standard specifications
  • support the communication and collaboration with relevant industry-partners and boards in the frame of the project and beyond

Your profile

  • a university degree in meteorology, physics or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
  • background knowledge in energy meteorology and/or boundary layer meteorology as well as time series analysis is essential
  • experience in the analysis of climate model ensemble data from regional climate change projections, and from earth observations and measurements is beneficial
  • willingness to support user dialogues and communication with actors in the energy sector
  • willingness to engage in regional climate modelling and contributions to international scientific projects and networks such as the EURO-CORDEX initiative
  • experience in appropriate programming languages such as Python, software version control systems such as git, and Linux/Unix computer environments is essential
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German, as stakeholder workshops and user dialogues with German industry-partners will be conducted
  • willingness to publish the work in scientific journals
  • willingness to conduct a PhD within regional climate modelling and energy meteorology
  • willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team at the Climate Service Center Germany. Interest beyond the pure scientific analysis of data and processes is expected as the focus of our center is on the provision of decision making knowledge

Informal enquiries can be directed to

Dr. Diana Rechid

or Dr. Thomas Remke

We offer

  • multinational work environment with over 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and
those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be
considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/KG 2

Application deadline: 29.04.2021

Apply now