Research Associate (m/d/f) with a Research Focus on Future Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Options in the KARE Project via ResearchGate


Munich, , DE

Job description

The KARE project (Designing measures for climate change adaptation and risk management at the regional scale: the case of heavy precipitation events) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is a three-year transdisciplinary research endeavour to develop and test knowledge-based solutions for communal climate risk management and adaptation. It focuses on regions with high hazard potential in relation to heavy precipitation events and successive flash floods and/or excessive snow cover.

The project aims at, firstly, assessing future risk trends through integrated scenarios which consider not only hazard trends but also changes in socio-economic exposure, vulnerability and adaptive capacity, the latter of which is a core component of the position posted here and LMU’s contribution to the project. Secondly, it aims at developing and evaluating different adaptation options through novel multi-criteria assessment frameworks, co-designed in Living Labs.

While the method development and analysis will take place in two pilot communes in Southern Bavaria, the project aims to develop tools which are transferable to other regions with high risk resulting from heavy precipitation.

Desired skills and experience

Responsibilities and tasks:

· Manage and conduct research within KARE, particularly in the field of risk and damage modelling and the evaluation of different adaptation options;

· Develop and analyse surveys within KARE;

· Conduct field work in the case study region;

· Organize and implement workshops in the region;

· Assist in project reporting;

· Contribute to scientific publications and communication materials of KARE;

· Participate in national and international conferences as well as project events in Germany and globally;

· Assist in preparing project proposals in the field of climate change adaptation, environmental risks and sustainability.

Qualifications and experiences:

· Outstanding Master’s degree, ideally even a PhD/doctorate, in geography or a related disciplines;

· Strong skills in statistical analysis, scenario assessments and modelling (e.g. ABM, Bayesian modelling, damage modelling);

· Strong research expertise and experience in the fields of climate change adaptation, vulnerability and/or environmental risk;

· Strong skills in quantitative social science research methods;

· Strong track-record in terms of scientific publications;

· Motivation to engage in transdisciplinary research and stakeholder interaction;

· Excellent English and German language skills.

About the employer

About us:

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is amongst the largest and most renowned universities in Europe.

The research group around the chair for human geography works on risk, adaptation and transformation in the context of environmental hazards, climate change, urbanization and other dimensions of global change. The section develops, tests and imparts inter- and transdisciplinary methods for the assessment of future development paths and risk trends as well as for the multi-criteria evaluation of potential strategies for fostering sustainability and transformation, particularly in cities and newly urbanizing areas. While pursuing a global perspective, the section’s empirical research is particularly focused on Europe, Asia and Africa. Next to fundamental research, the section is keen to deliver scientific knowledge that is of high practical and policy relevance and provides decision support. The section therefore collaborates closely with decision makers and stakeholders from the local to the global level, e.g. urban administrations, United Nations programs and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

What we offer:

The initial appointment will be for 1 year. An extension of an additional 2 years (i.e. the full remaining duration of the KARE project) is envisaged, subject to satisfactory work performance and positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to the German TV-L scheme, at the E13 level and on a step commensurate with work experience. While this is a full-time position in principle, part time solutions are negotiable. Further career development will be supported. The position in principle allows for pursuing a PhD or habilitation. The office is located in the centre of Munich, with excellent public transport links. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.‍

Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to [email protected] by Monday, 27 July 2020. Applications shall be compiled into one PDF document and include a short cover letter (one page max.), CV, list of publications, contact details of two potential references and a writing sample (i.e. most important scientific paper or part of a thesis). The interviews with short-listed candidates are scheduled for Thursday, 30 July 2020. Question might be addressed to Ms. Susan Elsäßer and Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen, via the above-indicated e-mail address or Dr. Anne von Streit ([email protected]).