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PhD candidate

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD candidate - Modeling urban climate and human health under climate change, starting as soon as possible, in the BMBF-funded young research group “CoSynHealth - Conflicts and synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city scenarios”. The position is limited to 3 years and is intended to complete with a PhD.

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 the CoSynHealth young research group in collaboration with the Universität Hamburg. The goal of the group is to develop sustainable transformation scenarios for city quarters to reduce conflicting goals and maximize synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city action pathways. This will be achieved by employing climate services based on the urban system approach and new innovative participatory methods. In the project, we will co-develop tools to assess trade-offs and synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation with respect to the future health of urban dwellers.

The successful PhD candidate will support the development of climate service tools based on regional climate model data and very high-resolution simulations with the urban climate model PALM-4U, which should be used to assess potential health outcomes.

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

Your tasks:

  • Develop methods to estimate future thermal comfort in urban environments employing the high-resolution urban climate model PALM-4U
  • Process and analyze regional climate model data with respect to biometeorological conditions
  • Conduct simulations with PALM-4U for case studies in Germany
  • Investigate future potential health outcomes with different mitigation and adaptation measures
  • Support and attend project workshops
  • Work in close collaboration with international partners in UK and Japan, which includes short-term research stays
  • Deliver data and model code in accordance with the FAIR criteria
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences
  • Write scientific publications

Your Profile:

  • M.Sc. degree in earth sciences, meteorology, geography, mathematics, environmental science or related discipline
  • Experience in programming (e.g., Fortran, Python, Matlab, R), and handling of geographic- and/or climate data
  • Experience with numerical atmospheric models, including urban climate models such as PALM-4U, MITRAS, ENVI-Met is beneficial
  • Experience with biometeorological research / data is beneficial
  • Experience with GIS tools would be desirable
  • Interest to work with climate and health data
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Fluency in German (spoken and written) would be desirable
  • Experience in education and supervision of students and PhDs is beneficial. Teaching activities at the University of Potsdam are foreseen.
  • Interest in teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment

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.

Interested?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2022/KG 13 until 01.01.2023.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the following contact person:

Dr. Peter Hoffmann

Phone: +49 (0) 40 226 338 457

Fax: +49 (0) 40 226 338 163

E-mail contact
Apply now!


PhD candidate

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD candidate - Modeling exposure to heat stress in urban areas using agent-based modelling, starting as soon as possible, in the BMBF-funded young research group “CoSynHealth - Conflicts and synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city scenarios”. The position is limited to 3 years and is intended to complete with a PhD.

GERICS develops science-based prototype products and services in support of 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 the CoSynHealth young research group in collaboration with the Universität Hamburg. The goal of the group is to develop sustainable transformation scenarios for city quarters to reduce conflicting goals and maximize synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city action pathways. This will be achieved by employing climate services based on the urban system approach and new innovative participatory methods. In the project, we will co-develop tools to assess trade-offs and synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation with respect to the future health of urban dwellers.

The successful PhD candidate will support the development of climate service tools based on agent-based modelling of the behavior of individual groups of urban dwellers as function of lifestyles in order to compute the exposure to future heat stress and corresponding health outcomes in cities.

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

Your tasks:

  • Develop an agent-based model (ABM) based on an existing ABM framework to estimate the exposure of urban dwellers to environmental stressors
  • Implement current and proposed future lifestyles into the ABM
  • Conduct household surveys to improve and evaluate the ABM
  • Estimate exposure of individual groups of urban dwellers to heat stress
  • Investigate future potential health outcomes as a function of lifestyles and urban dweller group
  • Support and attend project workshops
  • Work in close collaboration with international partners in UK and Japan, which includes short-term research stays
  • Deliver data and model code in accordance with the FAIR criteria
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences
  • Write scientific publications

Your profile:

  • M.Sc. degree in earth sciences, geography, mathematics, environmental science or related discipline
  • Experience in programming (e.g., Fortran, Python, Matlab, R), and handling of geographic and/or health data
  • Experience with agent-based modelling (e.g., NetLogo) is beneficial
  • Experience with GIS tools would be desirable
  • Experience with conducting and analyzing surveys would be desirable
  • Interest to work with health-, climate- and other environmental data
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Fluency in German (spoken and written) is desirable
  • Interest in teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment

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.

Interested?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2022/KG 14 until 01.01.2023.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the following contact person:

Dr. Peter Hoffmann

Phone: +49 (0) 40 226 338 457

Fax: +49 (0) 40 226 338 163

E-mail contact
Apply now!


PostDoc - Co-development of climate services for future urban health

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a 50% PostDoc Position, starting as soon as possible, in the BMBF-funded young research group “CoSynHealth - Conflicts and synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city scenarios”. The position is limited until 30.09.2027.

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 the CoSynHealth young research group in collaboration with the Universität Hamburg. The goal of the group is to develop sustainable transformation scenarios for city quarters to reduce conflicting goals and maximize synergies between carbon-neutral and healthy city action pathways. This will be achieved by employing climate services based on the urban system approach and new innovative participatory methods. In the project, we will co-develop tools to assess trade-offs and synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation with respect to the future health of urban dwellers.

This research position will support the development of climate service tools through a co-development process and the use of participatory workshop methods.

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

Your tasks

  • Conduct research on the co-development of climate services for urban health based on the urban system approach through stakeholder engagement
  • Jointly extend existing urban system approaches with respect to climate- and demographic change
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis for case studies in Germany
  • Identify the requirements for the models and information products, which will be applied and/or developed within the project, and for climate service tools
  • Design and organization of innovative participatory workshops for scenario-building in collaboration with partners from Japan
  • Evaluate the impact of climate service tools and workshop methods on scenario design
  • Support the group leader on project coordination
  • Present research findings at national and international conferences
  • Write scientific publications

Your profile

  • Ph.D. degree in social science, human geography, environmental science, public health or related discipline
  • Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement
  • Experience with participatory workshop methods
  • Experience in urban health research is desirable
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Fluency in German (spoken and written) is required
  • Interest in teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment

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)
  • 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.

Interested?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2022/KG 15 until 02.01.2023.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the following contact person:

Dr. Peter Hoffmann

Phone: +49 (0) 40 226 338 457

Fax: +49 (0) 40 226 338 163

E-mail contact
Apply now!


PhD Candidate

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD Candidate Position 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. 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, sustainable society for the future society.

This research position will support the identification of interrelationships between health and long-term care, climate, and energy behaviours to advance the knowledge in the interdisciplinary research fields of healthy and sustainable ageing society.

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

Your tasks

  • Apply the statistical analysis for extracting reliable information about causation from natural experiments
  • Apply quantitative methods and econometrics to identify health-climate-energy interconnections
  • Prepare and analyse data from the open-access database, and data from the existing projects to identify the Interconnections among health, elderly long-term care, well-being and health, care economy, energy use, energy use in housing, and climate change
  • Carry out analysis such as meta-analysis, natural experiments, modified generalized additive model, time series analysis, environmentally extended multi-regional input–output (MRIO) model, or individual outage analysis to identify the interrelations between health, climate, and energy efficiency in living environments from the data
  • Develop future health-climate-energy scenarios to calculate future demands of elderly long-term care based on projected demographic change, and energy demands based on climate change and projected energy price scenarios
  • Prepare data (e.g. from the open access databases, citizen science platform, existing projects) for analysis, and deliver data and model code in accordance with the FAIR criteria
  • Learn from the stakeholders to better interpret the phenomenon and implications from data analysis results
  • Write scientific publications
  • Work in close collaboration with health experts from partners from Germany, Japan, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, USA

Your profile

  • MSc/Diploma in Health Economics, Public Health, Medical Statistics, Epidemiology, or disciplines with equivalent level of quantitative content, and prior training in epidemiology is a plus
  • Experience in time series modelling, and statistical computing using R/Python is desirable and maybe git and github for collaboration
  • Knowledge in the field of quantitative methods and experience with energy, health and climate data (at least worked with the data from one of the fields)
  • Interest and willingness to work with energy, health and climate data
  • Fluency in English, and ideally knowledge of another language from the case study countries (Germany, Japan, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, USA), but not a must
  • Interest in teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Willingness to learn and personal continuous improvement approach

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.

Interested?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, previous publications or thesis if applicable, transcripts, certificates, etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2022/KG 16 until 08.01.2023.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the following contact person:

Dr. Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann

Phone: +49 (0) 40 226 338 413

Fax: +49 (0) 40 226 338 163

E-mail contact
Apply now!


PhD Candidate

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. 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, sustainable society for the future society.

This research position will support the identification of interrelationships between health and long-term care, climate, and energy behaviours to advance the knowledge in the interdisciplinary research fields of healthy and sustainable ageing society.

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

Your tasks

  • Integrate and advance the interdisciplinary knowledge of energy management of the built environment, well-being of the elderly, and future climate projections
  • Apply a mix of quantitative and qualitative research skills to understand the health-climate-energy nexus, incentives and behaviour change for in health-climate-energy decision-making
  • Co-develop future health-climate-energy scenarios and narratives in participatory approaches with stakeholders (e.g. interviews, surveys, and citizen science)
  • Carry out barriers and incentives analysis for behaviour change
  • Carry out cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, and multi-criteria analysis with stakeholder engagement
  • Prepare data (for instance, data collected from citizen science, interviews, etc.) for analysis, and deliver data and coding in accordance with the FAIR criteria
  • Write scientific publications
  • Work in close collaboration with and health experts from partners from Germany, Japan, UK, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA

Your profile

  • Master/Diploma degree in interdisciplinary disciplines, such as sustainability, urban planning, public policy, architecture, environmental and energy management, health care management, or open to any related discipline
  • Practical experience working with stakeholders (e.g. stakeholder engagement, interviews, participatory, co-design and co-development approaches)
  • Preferred practical knowledge of analytical skills for building energy management or long-term care management
  • Interest to work with energy, climate, and health data
  • Excellent fluency in English in writing and speaking, and ideally knowledge of another language from the case study countries (Germany, Japan, UK, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA)
  • Interest in stakeholder interaction, teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with a proactive and continuous improvement approach

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.

Interested?
Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, previous publications or thesis if applicable, transcripts, certificates, etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2022/KG 17 until 08.01.2023.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the following contact person:

Dr. Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann

Phone: +49 (0) 40 226 338 413

Fax: +49 (0) 40 226 338 163

E-mail contact
Apply now!