Job openings at GERICS

Postdoctoral researcher position CROSSEU Project

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher, starting as soon as possible, in the research project „Cross-sectoral framework for socio-economic resilience to climate change and extreme events in Europe (CROSSEU)“. The position is limited to 2 years full-time.

Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. In principle, the position is also sharable.

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 CROSSEU project is a Horizon Europe funded project which aims to deliver a research-based framework for improving climate resilience and the policy response to socio-economic risks of climate change and extreme events in Europe, through the co-development of a ready-to-use Decision Support System and cross-sectoral actionable knowledge. Based on an intensive engagement of different sectoral stakeholder groups, CROSSEU will enhance the context- specific understanding of the nature and extent of the climate change-driven socio-economic risks in different timeframes (i.e. 2030, 2050, and 2100), scenarios and regions. The HEREON contribution will be chiefly through the calculation of stakeholder relevant climate impact metrics that will be used in a number of different regional case studies, which will pursue a storyline approach. 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 investigating coupled water use-climate impacts within a convection-resolving regional climate modeling system considering various water management aspects.

Your tasks:

  • Carry out the calculation of co-designed climate impact metrics based on high-resolution regional climate model datasets
  • Perform evaluation and quality control of regional climate model datasets
  • Work closely with colleagues in GERICS and the CROSSEU project on the development of climate impact metrics to support the storyline-based case-studies
  • Contribute to project deliverables, presentations, and data management in a timely manner
  • Contribute to the presentation and publication of the work both internally and externally

Your Profile:

  • A PhD, or close to completion (i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been submitted at time of application) in meteorology, physics, earth system science, physical geography or other related disciplines in the natural and earth sciences essential
  • Significant experience in regional climate modelling and the analysis of climate model simulations is essential
  • Experience with convection permitting regional climate modelling simulations and data is beneficial
  • Experience of climate impact assessments is beneficial
  • Experience in Python or similar programming languages is essential
  • Experience in handling and analysing gridded data sets is essential
  • Experience in Linux/Unix computer environments, and experience in statistical analysis and visualization are beneficial
  • Willingness to engage in international scientific projects and networks such as ISIMIP, EURO-CORDEX
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience of publishing work in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and presenting at scientific conferences is desirableexpected as the focus of our center is on the provision of decision-making knowledge
  • Willingness to engage with stakeholders from different economic sectors is essential
  • Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team at the Climate Service Center Germany

Informal enquiries can be directed to

Dr. Paul Bowyer E-mail contact

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 1 until 5th February, 2024..

Apply now!