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PhD Candidate

Start of announcement27.05.2024
End of announcement25.06.2024
Institute or departmentGerics - Climate Service Center
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Are you interested in innovations? Would like to research in the interdisciplinary health-climate-energy domain? Do you have passion for contributing to finding solutions for the future ageing society through research? Then this position is right for you!

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD Candidate in the BMBF Junior Research Group on “Co-creating Climate Services for Care Economy and Caring Society” (CoCareSociety), in the frame of the BMBF FONA Junior Research Groups on Global Change: Climate, Environment and Health.

Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. 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 goal of the CoCareSociety project is to understand the interrelations between climate change, long-term care, health, and well-being of the elderly, and their energy efficiency in the living environment and how changes can be induced in the interconnected systems to maximise health-climate-energy nexus outcomes for co-creating a friendly, climate-resilient, affordable, environmental society for the future society.

This research position will expand the energy management field by incorporating future climate information to focus on the health benefits as the core outcomes to calculate energy saving potential and contribution to climate mitigation and adaptation goals as economic benefits. This candidate will apply business management and innovation research in interdisciplinary interface of energy, health, and climate to examine how to increase uptake and transformation in society. The candidate will apply the three information of energy, health, and climate services and apply in real-life cases to showcase the energy saving potentials and health co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation measures. And how the best practices and success stories could be transferred across sectors and regions.

Your tasks

  • Develop a prototype of energy-health-climate auditing method and calculation tools for considering of future climatic change, future energy demands and pricing development scenarios, and health and wellbeing conditions, behaviours of the residents in accordance with housing characteristics.
  • Develop of new concept and method integrating health-climate-energy finance management plan for sustainable care economy (e.g. how to invest now to gain long-term returns in health, climate change, and energy).
  • Co-develop actionable win-win measures with stakeholders for climate-health-energy nexus and building design strategies in meeting future climate, energy, and health demands.
  • Integrate and advance the interdisciplinary knowledge of energy management of the built environment, health and well-being of older persons, and climate change.
  • Write scientific publications.
  • Work in close collaboration with and health experts from partners from Germany, Japan, UK, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to

Dr. Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann

Your profile

  • Master/Diploma degree in interdisciplinary disciplines, such as sustainability, architecture, environmental and energy management, sustainability studies, business management, health care management, or open to any related discipline.
  • Knowledge of or interests to apply future digital, technological or innovative applications related to health and care of older persons.
  • Knowledge, practical experience, or interests to develop prototypes of innovations (a concept, product, service application, etc.) to be tested in society.
  • Knowledge of or interests to learn about energy management or energy retrofit in buildings, or finance management regarding long-term care insurance or relevant social welfare systems.
  • Excellent fluency in English in writing and speaking.
  • Interest in stakeholder interaction, teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

We offer you

  • an exciting and varied job in a research centre with more than 1,000 employees from around 60 nations
  • a well connected research campus and best networking opportunities
  • individual opportunities for further training
  • social benefits according to the collective agreement of the public service and remuneration
  • an excellent technical infrastructure and modern workplace equipment
  • 6 weeks holiday per year; company holidays between Christmas and New Year's Day
  • very good compatibility private and professional life through offers of mobile and flexible work
  • free assistance program for employees (EAP)
  • Corporate Benefits
  • office location in the heart of the city of Hamburg in the historic Chilehaus

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 code no. 2024/KG 9 until 25.06.2024. The ideal starting date for this position is as soon as possible or flexible upon agreement (but no later than September 2024).

Apply now!