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50087418_2 - 2022/KG 12

PhD candidate

Beginn der Ausschreibung21.09.2022
Ende der Ausschreibung16.10.2022
Institut bzw. BereichGerics - Climate Service Center
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The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD candidate, starting as soon as possible, in the research project „Co-designed pathways towards sustainable water futures“ as part of a newly established Helmholtz Young Investigator group (HYIG). The position is limited to 3 years and is intended to complete with a PhD.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy.

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 successful candidate will be part of an HYIG in collaboration with the University of Potsdam (the PhD will be awarded by the University of Potsdam). The new group aims to better understand and simulate interactions between human water use and regional climates. Sufficient availability of freshwater is vital to humans, economies, and ecosystems. However, high water demand from industries, households, and agriculture often leads to water scarcity and prevents a fair share of the available resources at the expense of the environment. Global change will further exacerbate water scarcity worldwide. The group's research will address these issues by bringing together and merging water resources and regional climate modeling guided by the practical challenges experienced by end-users and water managers in various case studies. The successful PhD candidate will support the group's research by enhancing our understanding of projected changes in blue and green water resources and their sensitivities to different climatic and non-climatic drivers taking an impact-centric and end-user driven perspective. The overarching goal of the project is to provide avenues towards fully-coupled climate and water impact research.

Your tasks

  • Investigate uncertainties and sensitivities in global and regional climate models ensembles and their simulation of blue and green water resources concerning scenario choice, land use, and atmospheric CO2 concentration.
  • Analyse and handle the full range of available climate model data under different scenarios and experiments (e.g., CMIP6, EURO-CORDEX).
  • Provide an end-user-driven perspective relevant to water planners and managers by considering mid- and long-term climate projections (at timescales between 10 to 50 years).
  • Identify and develop relevant indices and metrics that ‘translate’ process-based climate model output into information that is meaningful to specific end users. Follow storyline principles and foster the scientific uptake of these findings within the impact research community.
  • Representation of the group and GERICS at scientific and societal relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings; and compiling scientific publications of the findings in international peer-reviewed research journals.
  • Support the communication with end-users to foster a better understanding of human-climate-water interactions. That can include the organization of and participation at stakeholder events, end-user workshops, etc.

Your profile

  • A university degree in meteorology, physics, or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential.
  • Background knowledge on global and regional climate modeling and data. Knowledge of hydrological and land surface processes and their interaction with the climate system is beneficial.
  • Background knowledge on impact assessments and human water management under climate and socio-economic change is beneficial.
  • Experience in Python or similar programming languages, handling and analyzing gridded data sets, experience in Linux/Unix computer environments, and experience in statistical analysis and visualization are beneficial.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Willingness to publish the work in peer-reviewed scientific journals and to present the work at scientific and societal relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Willingness to engage in user dialogues, communication with end-users, and capacity-building.
  • Willingness to engage in international scientific projects and networks such as ISIMIP, EURO-CORDEX.
  • Willingness to engage within mandatory and voluntary PhD activities at the University of Potsdam.
  • 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 in the first instance to

Peter Greve

and Paul Bowyer

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with ca. 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
  • free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • PhD Buddy Program
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation

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.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (as one single pdf file including cover letter, CV, certificates, transcripts etc.) indicating the reference number 2022/KG 12 until 16.10.2022.

Apply now!