PhD position (m/f/d): Climate Service Center

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Hamburg, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and German


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Since 2016 scientists from the University of Hamburg and the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht have been cooperating in the newly founded Helmholtz Institute Climate Service for Science (HICSS). The HICSS should bundle the joint competencies of GERICS and the University of Hamburg in natural, social and economic sciences for the research field "Climate Service Science".

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, invites applications for a PhD position (m/f/d), starting as soon as possible. The position is limited to three years.

The project “Future climate and land-use change impacts on groundwater recharge rates and water quality for water resources” (Akronym: Future-H2O) focuses on question related to future groundwater recharge rates, the impact of non-climatic and climatic drivers on the water chemistry, the identification of sensitive parameters to monitor changing conditions, and the transfer of the gained scientific knowledge into practice. The place of employment is Hamburg, Germany

Areas of responsibilities:

  • analysis of hydro-meteorological extremes and human impacts such as land use modifications on the water cycle, and combined analysis of observation and modeling data to assess changes in water quality and quantity (surface water and groundwater)
  • development of a method to project regional groundwater recharge based on regional climate ensemble information
  • development of indices and tools to analyze climate and land use change drivers for water related assessments
  • evaluation and interpretation of data sets (regional climate model ensembles, hydrological models, groundwater models)
  • compile scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals

Profile of qualifications:

  • a university degree in meteorology, physics, geoscience, or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
  • experience with the analysis and interpretation of data sets from regional climate model ensembles and hydrological models
  • knowledge of the programming language Python and experience with Linux/Unix computer environments
  • good written and oral communication skills in German and English
  • willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • willingness to travel to other European countries

Informal enquiries can be directed to

  • Prof. Steffen Bender
  • Prof. Daniela Jacob

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.


Please send your application indicating job offer

code-no. 2019/CS 9

including your CV, preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to human resources

Closing date for application is July 3rd, 2019.