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Post-doctoral / science programmers in the area of modelling regional / global terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and regional vegetation-atmosphere interactions
Published(142 days ago)
Deadline for applications(106 days ago)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) / Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of Meteorology
and Climate Research/Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMK-IFU)
in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for
Post-doctoral /science programmers in the area of
modelling regional/global terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and
regional vegetation-atmosphere interactions
Land-use change and climate change impact on ecosystems multiple ways, and ecosystem processes feedback to
climate, but also to socio-economic processes in the land-use system. Yet our modelling skills in how the
corresponding biotic, abiotic and social processes interact is still poor.
We seek post-doctoral researchers/science programmers to improve on some key issues, who will contribute to
1) further develop model code of the dynamic vegetation model LPJ-GUESS, for instance related to cropprocesses,
seasonal vegetation dynamics (C allocation), and/or model coupling to a multi-trophic functional diversity
model (Madingley); 2) develop coupling of LPG-GUESS and the regional climate model WRF
Tasks will also include to
apply the newly developed model globally and regionally;
assess model performance against suitable observations;
perform uncertainty analyses;
contribute some amount of time to broader duties, such as project reporting and teaching.
The work will be done in close collaboration with groups world-wide, especially in Sweden and the UK, but also in
Israel and Kenya.
The candidates must demonstrate advanced knowledge in programming such as in C++, and must have proven
experience in simulations on Linux clusters. A degree in a quantitative environmental sciences discipline, for instance
meteorology, environmental physics, or plant ecophysiology is required. Knowledge about soil and vegetation
processes is a clear advantage. Candidates also needs to be familiar with processing large-scale model input and
output. Excellent oral and written skills in English are prerequisite.
A vibrant and friendly, international research environment in the beautiful surroundings of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (http://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/institute.php). The salary will be equivalent to the public service
TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience. The appointment will be for 2 years, expected to start
around summer 2018; extension beyond 2 years is possible, but depends on performance as well as the availability
More information on how to apply can be found at: https://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/jobs_2028.php and https://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/jobs_2520.php. Applications should be sent by 5 April 2018, quoting the respective
reference numbers TUT-01 or TUT-02. Please send a copy of your CV including a publication list, a short (1-2 page)
letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees. The motivation letter should clearly provide evidence of your
skills, and how you feel you can contribute to the main tasks.
Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps will
be treated with preference.