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50060408_2 - 2021/KG 5

Senior Scientist (m/f/d)

Beginn der Ausschreibung14.04.2021
Ende der Ausschreibung12.05.2021
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 Postdoc (m/f/d), starting as soon as possible, 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 31.01.2024.

The Climate Service Center Germany (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

Support the coordination of KliWiSt project work at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) and independent processing of project content and research tasks which comprise:

  • identification and analysis of practice- and sector relevant climate characteristics specific to wind energy
  • 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, and bandwidth and uncertainty of future projected wind climate variability and change
  • analysis of regional climate model simulations down to 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.)
  • development of new methodologies to incorporate climate (change) and uncertainty information into conventional industry-procedures for wind energy site assessment
  • 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 co-development of guidance documents for transfer into future engineering standard specifications
  • support the communication and collaboration incl. conducting workshops with relevant industry-partners and boards in the frame of the project and beyond
  • representation of GERICS and KliWiSt at scientific and societal relevant conferences, workshops and meetings; and compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals

Informal enquiries can be directed to

Dr. Diana Rechid

or Dr. Thomas Remke

Your profile

  • a university degree and Ph.D. in meteorology, physics or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
  • excellent knowledge in energy meteorology and/or boundary layer meteorology as well as time series analysis of climate data is essential
  • extensive experience in the analysis of climate model ensemble data from regional climate change projections, and from earth observations and measurements is essential
  • extensive experience in conducting and evaluating regional climate model runs is essential, preferably on convection permitting scales
  • background knowledge in climate impact assessment and sectoral impacts on wind energy
  • experience in user dialogues and communication with actors in the energy sector
  • experience in manageing and independent implementation of project work
  • experience in working in international scientific projects and networks such as the EURO-CORDEX initiative would be beneficial
  • profound knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python, experience with software version control systems such as git, experience with Linux/Unix computer environments, and experience in using high-performance computing facilities
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English and German, as stakeholder workshops and user dialogues with German industry-partners will be conducted
  • a profound record of peer reviewed publications in order to demonstrate the skill to publish the work in scientific journals
  • experience in education and supervision of students and PhDs is beneficial
  • willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS). 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

We offer you

  • 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 5.
Application deadline: May 12th, 2021

Apply now