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Postdoctoral researcher position

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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14 Jul 2024

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Earth Science
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Gerics - Climate Service Center

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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Job description:Postdoctoral researcher position
Reference code: 50119690_2 - code no. 2024/KG 10
Commencement date: as soon as possible
Work location: Hamburg
Application deadline: 14.07.2024

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a Postdoc, starting August 1st, 2024 (or as soon as possible thereafter), in the research project ?Uncertain Water Resources under Global Change (UWaRes)? as part of a Helmholtz Young Investigator group (HYIG).

The position is limited to 3 years until July 2027. Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. In principle, the full time position (39 h/week) is also sharable.

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 successful candidate will be part of a young research team at GERICS in collaboration with the University of Potsdam. The group aims to understand better and simulate interactions between human water use and regional climates. The sufficient availability of freshwater is vital to humans, economies, and ecosystems. However, high water demand from industries, households, and agriculture often leads to water scarcity and prevents a fair share of the available resources at the expense of the environment. Global change will further exacerbate water scarcity worldwide. The group's research will address these issues by bringing together and merging water resources and regional climate modeling guided by the practical challenges experienced by end-users and water managers in various case studies. The successful candidate will support the group's research by investigating coupled water use-climate impacts within a regional climate modeling system. The candidate will be, in particular, responsible for developing and applying new and tailored climate-water scenarios that also represent the specific needs of potential end-users. The project's overarching goal is to provide avenues toward fully-coupled climate and water impact research.

Your tasks:
#Apply the newly developed coupled climate and water modelling tool to investigate the current and projected effects of large-scale water management. The main objective is to focus on the societal, economic and environmental impacts of different water management and climate adaptation strategies.
#Support the development of the regional water resources model coupled with the regional climate model REMO.
#Develop new, end-user-driven scenarios that follow different narratives and enable a systematic assessment of climate sensitivities of varying water use and adaptation strategies.
#Develop tailored storyline-based scenarios and model experiments based on end-user needs.
#Identify relevant end-users and stakeholders (stakeholder mapping). #Engage in and organize end-user workshops and stakeholder events to identify their visions and needs to be incorporated in scenario and model development.
#Support the co-development of guidance documents that foster the routine implementation of water use in a climate modelling context.
#Representation of the group and GERICS at scientific and societal relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings; and compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Peter Greve (

Your profile:
#A university degree and PhD in environmental or climate sciences or other related natural and earth science disciplines is essential.
#Excellent knowledge in understanding and assessing global change impacts, preferably focusing on the water sector.
#Background knowledge of (regional) climate modelling, hydrological processes, and their interaction with the climate system is beneficial. #Prior experience in stakeholder engagement, capacity building and/or methods for designing the dialogue with end-users is beneficial.
#Proficiency in programming languages like Python is essential. #Experience with software version control systems such as git, familiarity with Linux/Unix computer environments, and experience with high-performance computing facilities are beneficial.
#Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
#An appropriate record of peer-reviewed publications to demonstrate the skill to publish the work in scientific journals is essential.
#Experience in education and supervision of students and PhDs is beneficial.
#Willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team at the Climate Service Center Germany.
#Interest beyond the pure scientific analysis of data and processes is expected as the focus of our center is on the provision of decision-making knowledge.

We offer:
#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 code no. 2024/KG 10 until 14.07.2024.

Apply now!

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.

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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.

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