PhD position in applied hydrometeorologic sciences and data analytics

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Jülich, , DE

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. We offer a competent and interdisciplinary working environment, as well as an excellent framework in the areas of experiments and modelling.
The work will be part of the collaborative project ClimXtreme funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany. The goal of the project is to identify and analyze extreme events especially related to drought, and study the anthropogenic impact due to e.g. groundwater pumping and irrigation. The PhD student will setup and perform unique terrestrial simulations using existing scientific software ( at the climate time scale in cooperation with our project partners, and develop novel data analytics technologies to analyze existing and new results from regional climate simulations. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Centre of High-Performance Computing in Terrestrial System, Geoverbund ABC/J.

We are offering a

PhD position in applied hydrometeorologic sciences and data analytics

Your Job:

  • Perform terrestrial simulations at the climate time scale using supercomputers
  • Develop data analytics technologies and analyze big data sets from terrestrial simulations at the climate time scale
  • Present and publish results at international conference and peer reviewer journals

Your Profile:

  • University degree (Master) in hydrometeorology computer science, physics, civil engineering or applied mathematics
  • Experience in atmospheric, hydrometeorologic modelling and data analysis
  • Programming skills with Python, Fortran, C/C++
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in an international, interdisciplinary team across institutes
  • Very good communication and organizational skills
  • Very good command of the English language

Our Offer:

  • Vibrant international and and interdisciplinary work environment at one of Europe`s largest research establishments, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen
  • Attendance at national and international conferences and workshops
  • Possibility for further scientific and technical training through international experts
  • Outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure – ideal conditions for successfully completing a doctoral degree
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years
  • Pay in line with 75 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
  • Information on employment as a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here

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