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[Met-jobs] PhD position in remote sensing and LSM modelling, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany

From "Katja Trachte" <>
Date Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:29:59 +0100

At the Department of Geography, in the research group Climatology and Environmental modelling, we offer for a period of three years a third-party part-time position (65 % of the regular working hours) as Research Assistant (PhD Student).

The starting date is as soon as possible. Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H), pay scale E13, and commensurate with experience.

The successful candidate will work within the DFG funded research unit RU 2730 „RESPECT – Environmental changes in biodiversity hotspot ecosystems of South Ecuador“ with the subproject „Atmospheric fluxes and optical trait diversity under climate and land use changes – observations and LSM modelling“. The project aims to quantify water fluxes using a coupled LSM, DGVM and soil moisture model in South Ecuador along an altitudinal and land use gradient.

The tasks include scientific services within the framework of the DFG project, particularly conducting joint field campaigns with hyperspectral determination of optical plant traits and the operation and adaptation of a land surface model (Community Land Model CLM and its coupling with models (DGVM and CMF) of other groups.

As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.

The successful applicant will hold an MSc-degree (with very good results) or related geosciences with focus on climatology as well as the unconditional desire for knowledge-driven, independent scientific qualification. Profound knowledge of the atmosphere, in particular SVAT modeling and remote sensing, very strong motivation for field research and longer stays in Ecuador as well as physical and psychological resilience are required. Experience with SVAT modelling and hyper-/multispectral remote sensing is desirable. Solid programming skills in at least one higher programming language (Fortran, C, Java, Python) as well as experience in data analysis and visualization with software packages such as R, NCL, Matlab, IDL and/or comparable are required. Fitness for longer field trips in high mountains (1000-3200 m a.s.l) at steep slopes and adverse weather conditions as well as the ability to climb up and work on towers 20 m above the canopy is required. The ability to work in a team as well as very good written and spoken English skills are prerequisites for a successful PhD project.

Further information is available from Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix at

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office.

We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are un-derrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applicants with children are welcome Philipps-University is certified as a family-friendly university. A reduction of the working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as described in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

Please send your application (including a motivation letter, CV, certificates and contact details of at least 2 references) mentioning the registration number fb19-0005-wmz-2018 as a single PDF document by e-mail to . Deadline is 09th of March 2018.
> Dr. Katja Trachte
> Philipps-Universität Marburg
> Department of Geography
> Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing (LCRS)
> Deutschhausstr 10
> 35037 Marburg
> Germany
> Tel +49 6421 28-25960
> Fax: +49 6421 28-28950 
> Web:

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