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PhD Candidate

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Health Science
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Part time
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Gerics - Climate Service Center

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Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

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Job description:PhD Candidate
Reference code: 50117510_2 - 2024/KG 9
Commencement date: 01.09.2024
Work location: Hamburg
Application deadline: 25.06.2024

Are you interested in innovations? Would like to research in the interdisciplinary health-climate-energy domain? Do you have passion for contributing to finding solutions for the future ageing society through research? Then this position is right for you!

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organisational entity of the
Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a PhD Candidate in the BMBF Junior Research Group on ?Co-creating Climate Services for Care Economy and Caring Society? (CoCareSociety), in the frame of the BMBF FONA Junior Research Groups on Global Change: Climate, Environment and Health.

Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. The position is limited to 3 years and is intended to complete with a PhD. The place of employment is Hamburg.

GERICS develops science-based prototype products and services in support to government, administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. It builds up a national and international network structure in order to integrate existing competences and knowledge, and to link various actors within the complex area of climate change.

The goal of the CoCareSociety project is to understand the interrelations between climate change, long-term care, health, and well-being of the elderly, and their energy efficiency in the living environment and how changes can be induced in the interconnected systems to maximise health-climate-energy nexus outcomes for co-creating a friendly, climate-resilient, affordable, environmental society for the future society.

This research position will expand the energy management field by incorporating future climate information to focus on the health benefits as the core outcomes to calculate energy saving potential and contribution to climate mitigation and adaptation goals as economic benefits. This candidate will apply business management and innovation research in interdisciplinary interface of energy, health, and climate to examine how to increase uptake and transformation in society. The candidate will apply the three information of energy, health, and climate services and apply in real-life cases to showcase the energy saving potentials and health co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation measures. And how the best practices and success stories could be transferred across sectors and regions.

Your tasks
#Develop a prototype of energy-health-climate auditing method and calculation tools for considering of future climatic change, future energy demands and pricing development scenarios, and health and wellbeing conditions, behaviours of the residents in accordance with housing characteristics.
#Develop of new concept and method integrating health-climate-energy finance management plan for sustainable care economy (e.g. how to invest now to gain long-term returns in health, climate change, and energy).
#Co-develop actionable win-win measures with stakeholders for climate-health-energy nexus and building design strategies in meeting future climate, energy, and health demands.
#Integrate and advance the interdisciplinary knowledge of energy management of the built environment, health and well-being of older persons, and climate change.
#Write scientific publications.
#Work in close collaboration with and health experts from partners from Germany, Japan, UK, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA.

Content-related inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Jo-Ting Huang-Lachmann (

Your profile
#Master/Diploma degree in interdisciplinary disciplines, such as sustainability, architecture, environmental and energy management, sustainability studies, business management, health care management, or open to any related discipline.
#Knowledge of or interests to apply future digital, technological or innovative applications related to health and care of older persons.
#Knowledge, practical experience, or interests to develop prototypes of innovations (a concept, product, service application, etc.) to be tested in society.
#Knowledge of or interests to learn about energy management or energy retrofit in buildings, or finance management regarding long-term care insurance or relevant social welfare systems.
#Excellent fluency in English in writing and speaking.
#Interest in stakeholder interaction, teamwork in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

We offer you
#an exciting and varied job in a research centre with more than 1,000 employees from around 60 nations
#a well connected research campus and best networking opportunities
#individual opportunities for further training
#social benefits according to the collective agreement of the public service and remuneration
#an excellent technical infrastructure and modern workplace equipment
#6 weeks holiday per year; company holidays between Christmas and New Year's Day
#very good compatibility private and professional life through offers of mobile and flexible work
#free assistance program for employees (EAP)
#Corporate Benefits
#office location in the heart of the city of Hamburg in the historic Chilehaus

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

Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2024/KG 9 until 25.06.2024. The ideal starting date for this position is as soon as possible or flexible upon agreement (but no later than September 2024).

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This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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