September 2017
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[Met-jobs] Post-doc or Ph.D. Position at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:21:49 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Land-use and land-cover changes (LULCC) are a major contributor to
global and regional climate change. But LULCC and climate change also
impact ecosystems, for instance yields, carbon and water balances.
Within a joint project with CIAT/Nairobi we seek a post-doctoral
scientist or Ph.D. student to explore how different management practices
affect crop yields, soil carbon pools and other ecosystems across
Eastern Africa (specifically in Kenya and Ethiopia. Work will be done
with the dynamic global vegetation model LPJ-GUESS.

Tasks in the project include

·further develop model code w.r.t. crop representations and soil processes

·prepare suitable input data to drive model simulations

·assess model performance against suitable observations

·perform uncertainty analyses

The post-doctoral researcher or Ph.D. student will also contribute to
project reporting, project-internal communication with partners,
teaching activities and general activities in the group.

The researcherwill be placed in the IMK-IFU’s research group on
plant-atmosphere interactions, located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
(<>). The
project is done in close collaboration with a number of institutions in
Eastern Africa as well as in Europe. The appointee therefore must be
willing to visit partner institutions.

We offera position in a young and active team that is placed within a
multi-disciplinary, collaborative research environment with excellent
research infrastructure and support. We are well connected to national
and international research programmes. Salary and benefits will be based
on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service Sector. The
position is available immediately for two years (post-doc) or three
years (Ph.D. student), further extension might be available depending on
the availability of funds.

Professional requirements:

·M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in a quantitative environmental sciences
discipline, for instance meteorology, environmental physics, -biology,
or -engineering. Applications from candidates who are close to
completion of their PhD degree will also be considered

·Proven expertise in the process-based mathematical modelling of global
ecological processes and skills in handling large, gridded input (e.g.,
different climate or land use input) and output fields

·Excellent programming skills (e.g., C++, Fortran; GIS is not sufficient)

·Ability to meet firm deadlines, willingness to communicate research
results within a cross-disciplinary project, and to interact within an
international research environment

·Excellent spoken and written skills in the English language.

Applicationsincluding –within a single pdf file-- curriculum vitae, copy
of certificates, list of publications, short outline of own research
interests regarding the position’s profile, and the contact information
for two professional referees shall be addressed to

Prof. Almut Arneth; head of Division Ecosystem-Atmosphere-Interactions

Instituteof Meteorologyand Climate Research/ Atmospheric Environmental

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT/IMK-IFU); Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19; 82467

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. E-mail:

Complete applications received by 15 October 2017 will receive full
consideration; the position will remain open until a suitable candidate
has been found. Incomplete applications, or applications from candidates
that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.

KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We
therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this
position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons
with handicaps will be treated with preference.

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