PhD position (m/f/d)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)

Hamburg, Germany

Work group:

Climate Service Center

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Starting date:


Job description:

The place of employment is Hamburg, Germany

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

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".

HICSS offers job openings for a PhD position (m/f/d) for the project ?Modelling urban dynamics affected by climate change for coastal spatial planning and management?, starting 01.09.2019 (or later) limited for three years.

In the project ?Modelling urban dynamics affected by climate change for coastal spatial planning and management? both urban dynamic trends and climate change effects should be considered in coastal vulnerability assessments, as well as urban and coastal spatial planning and management which can be efficiently supported by coastal climate services. The complexity of the problem calls for the development of novel interdisciplinary modelling and simulation tools that support the elaboration of coastal protection, flood mitigation and urban relocation strategies.

Areas of responsibilities:
The position will focus on developing and applying models of urban dynamics affected by climate-related coastal hazards for spatial planning and management, based on different modelling approaches (such as system dynamics, geographic information systems, agent-based modelling, cellular automata, social network analysis). The position involves collaboration and communication in an interdisciplinary project team, participation in scientific conferences and meetings, publication of research findings in relevant international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Your profile:
- Diploma / Master degree in Earth Sciences, Geography, Coastal and Urban Planning, Economics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or other related discipline
- good knowledge and experience in climate science and climate services, numerical and statistical methods, geographic information systems, mathematical modeling and programming skills in the areas of responsibilities
- willingness to conduct multi-disciplinary research at the interface of natural science and socioeconomic modelling
- motivation to and ability for extensive scientific writing and self-studying on new research topics
- team-working, communication and web design skills
- good command of English and readiness to learn and speak German

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Dmitry V. Kovalevsky ( or Prof. Jürgen Scheffran (

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
- remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

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 us your application indicating job offer code-no. 2019/CS 13 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades, and names and addresses of three academic referees preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for application is July 1st, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/CS 13