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Senior Scientist (m/f/d)

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a Postdoc 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 4 years.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. The position can be filled part-time in principle.

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 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 candidate will support the modeling activities within the group by implementing and enhancing the representation of water use within a regional climate modeling system. The overarching goal of the project is to provide avenues towards fully-coupled climate and water impact research.

Your tasks:

  • Identify and expand existing and implement new routines within the land component of the regional climate model REMO to enhance the representation of water resources (e.g., rivers, lakes, groundwater).
  • Support the development of a new concise water management subroutine, coupled to the regional climate modelling system.
  • Evaluate the performance of the enhanced modelling system against results obtained from previous (offline) hydrological impact simulations and against observational/reanalysis data. Identify potential sources of uncertainty and adapt the system accordingly.
  • Analyse sensitivities and uncertainties due to different input and forcing data sets.
  • Identify potential needs for model calibration and/or bias correction that could be implemented as an intermediate step within the coupling process.
  • Support the co-development of guidance documents that foster the routine implementation of water use in a climate modelling context.
  • Support the communication and interaction with end-users to enable the co-development of modelling routines. That can include the organization of and participation at stakeholder events, modelling workshops, etc.
  • Representation of the group and GERICS 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.

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 regional climate and/or land surface modeling. Background knowledge on hydrological processes and their interaction with the climate system.
  • Extensive experience in model development and/or in linking different model components. 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.
  • Background knowledge on impact assessments and human water management under climate and socio-economic change is beneficial.
  • Excellent skills in climate data statistics and the handling of big data sets.
  • Experience in user dialogues, communication with end-users, stakeholder engagement, and capacity-building is beneficial.
  • Experience in working in international scientific projects and networks such as ISIMIP, or EURO-CORDEX is beneficial.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. An appropriate record of peer-reviewed publications to demonstrate the skill to publish the work in scientific journals is essential.
  • Experience in education and supervision of students and PhDs is beneficial. Teaching activities at the University of Potsdam are foreseen.
  • 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

Dr. Peter Greve E-Mail Kontakt


Dr. Paul Bowyer E-Mail Kontakt

We offer:

  • 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)
  • 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, the names of at least two academic referees etc.) indicating the reference number 2022/KG 11.

Application deadline: October 9, 2022

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