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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:54:03 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is looking for a

Research Scientist

within Research Domain 2 (Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities). The
successful candidate will work in direct collaboration with Dr Douglas
Maraun (GEOMAR Kiel, Wegener Center Graz). The main place of work will
be at PIK, but visits to Wegener Center will be integral part of the
project. Close collaboration with impact modellers from the
Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP) is expected.

The PIK was founded in 1992 and is an internationally renowned research
institution in the areas of climate change, climate policy and climate

We offer one full-time position from 1 July to 31 December 2015, with
the possibility of extension up until December 2016 depending on project
approval. Salary and benefits are according to public service
regulations in Germany (E13 TV-L).

The position is linked to the ISI-MIP project (
<>), which aims to provide a framework to collate
a consistent set of climate impact data across sectors (e.g. water,
natural vegetation, agriculture) and different scales.

We seek a highly motivated student or young post-doctoral researcher to
develop statistical post-processing methods for bias correcting global
climate model output. The post-processed simulations will serve as
standardized input for ISI-MIP and the tools will also be offered to
process the new CMIP6 climate model simulations for impact modelers. The
main task of the position is to develop a plausible and physically
defensible bias correction method. This means, the method should
encompass both the actual statistical development as well as
understanding the applicability and limitations of the approach and the
interpretation of the results in the context of climate impact
modelling. Special attention should be paid to the treatment of extreme
weather and climate events.

The successful candidate will:

  Have an MSc-degree in meteorology, climatology, physics, applied
statistics or a related quantitative science;
  Have a strong interest in developing statistical methods, but also
in understanding the feasibility of these methods in the context of
climate change and global climate model errors;
  Have proven expertise in modern applied statistics (highly desirable);
  Enjoy working in a team in an international research environment and
to be keen to develop their climatological and statistical knowledge
as well as practical skills.

The position remains open until filled, but applications are encouraged
by 3 June, 2015. Please send your application including a letter of
motivation, CV, two references and, if available, two short samples of
scientific text in English (e.g., introduction/conclusion from a thesis)
as a single pdf to Katja Frieler ( and Douglas
Maraun ( <>) with the keywords
'[ISI-MIP Bias Correction Position]' in the subject line.

PIK seeks to increase the number of female scientists and encourages
them to apply. Disabled persons with equal qualifications will be
favorably regarded.

ISI-MIP Inter-sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project
Coordination team

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam

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