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[Met-jobs] PostDoc Parameter Estimation in Complex Models - UFZ Leipzig, Germany

From Matthias Cuntz <>
Date Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:36:38 +0200

Sorry for crossposting.

The Department Computational Hydrosystems of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany works as a computational laboratory devoted to the development, validation, and integration of hydrological and soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer models at different temporal and spatial scales. Spatial heterogeneity of land surface and subsurface characteristics are of central concern to the department.

The department invites applications for the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher on parameter estimation in complex models

available for 3 years with perspective (e.g. tenure track possibility) in a collaborative research environment. We will begin reviewing applications on 9 May 2011, and anticipate a start date as soon as possible.

The increase of computing power has led to an increase in model complexity. This has equally increased the risk of model overparameterisation, which might lead to a reduction in predictive power due to parameter equifinality. We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to develop efficient parameter estimation techniques aiming at reducing parameter complexity without compromising model efficiency and spatio-temporal representation.

The successful candidate has a PhD/Doctorate in mathematics or natural sciences. He/she has strong computational and statistical skills and has proven experience in optimisation techniques. He/she is expected to develop a vigorous research program in collaboration with the other department members. We rely on a strong interest in team work and cooperation within the department. The department is a multi-disciplinary, young research team with strong mathematical and computational background. It operates a suite of complex models in hydrology and biosphere-atmosphere interactions. The candidate shall develop parameter estimation methods that are applicable to the different models. A good knowledge of English is required.

The department is well connected to national and international research programs (e.g. Tereno, Reklim, ICOS, Fluxnet).

Further information: Prof Dr Sabine Attinger, +49 (0)341 235 1250, e-mail: sabine.attinger[at]

The place of work is Leipzig, Germany. Salary will be according to civil service guidelines, up to Entgeltgruppe 14 TVÖD depending on personal skills and experiences.

The UFZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified.

Please send your complete application documents (curriculum vitae, certificates, list of publications and the contact information for three professional referees) until 09.05.2011 under the code digit 08/2011 to the personnel department, P.O. Box 500136, D-04301 Leipzig, Germany or by E-Mail to application[at]

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