Two PhD positions: Earth System Modelling

The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere
Jülich, Germany
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) conducts research to improve our understanding of biogeochemical and hydrological processes in terrestrial systems. Specific studies focus on environmental controls on biogeochemical cycling of elements, the analysis of exchange processes and nutrient dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. A combination of experiments, modelling and innovative observation technologies is used to bridge the gap between model, process and management scale. Its research contributes to the sustainable and resource-conserving use of soils and water and to the quantification of the effect of climate and land use change on terrestrial ecosystems. 
The Institute is part of the Centre for High-Performance Scientific Computing in Terrestrial Systems (HPSC TerrSys) of the ABC/J Geoverbund. The Centre applies advanced supercomputing technologies for integrated modelling of terrestrial systems with respect to the hydrologic, energy and biogeochemical cycles. 
Further information about the project can be found here:

We are offering two PhD student positions with a degree in Earth System Modelling

Your Job:

This PhD position is associated with the Joint Research Group of the Helmholtz and the Russian Science Foundation on European hydro-climate extremes. The research group will address European hydro-climate extremes in a holistic manner by employing a fully coupled scale-consistent physics-based numerical Terrestrial Systems Modeling Platform in conjunction with available observational data sets, reanalyses, advanced diagnostics, and regional and global climate model simulations. You will perform state of the art coupled simulations and analyze the results over the European continent including human water use impacts. You will establish hydro-climate extremes diagnostics and evaluate the impact of extreme events on the water cycle and dynamics.

Your Profile:

  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in in either hydrometeorology, geosciences, physics, computer sciences, applied mathematics, civil engineering, or equivalent
  • Knowledge in the areas of meteorology and hydrology is an advantage
  • Some experience in handling, processing, analysing large datasets, such as RCM ensembles; ideally some experience with advanced statistical and bias-adjustment methods
  • Good programming skills, e.g., using Python, Fortran, or C/C++ is a must; some experience with big datasets and scientific data formats (e.g., netCDF) is a clear advantage
  • Ability to work independently in an international, interdisciplinary team across institutes
  • good communication skills
  • very good command of the English language is necessary

Our Offer:

  • Vibrant international and interdisciplinary work environment at one of biggest European research campuses, close to cities of Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf
  • Excellent facilities for numerical simulation and experimental studies, including access to high-performance scientific computing infrastructure at one of Europe's leading supercomputing centres
  • PhD students are encouraged to attend international conferences and can be selected for a three months research stay abroad
  • A comprehensive further training programme, including language courses
  • Specialized courses, summer schools, seminars by renown experts
  • A competent and interdisciplinary working environment, as well as an excellent framework in the areas of experiments and modelling. 
  • Pay in line with 50% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund)

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site until 19.02.2019, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019D-104: 
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.