PhD positions in terrestrial modeling and data analytics

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-3 – Agrosphäre



Area of research:

PHD Thesis



Job description:

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.


Your Job:



  • Develop and apply coupled terrestrial models in the research areas hydrogeology (groundwater), hydrology (soil and land surface including vegetation), and meteorology (weather/climate)

  • Perform scientific simulations in supercomputer environments

  • Analyze large geoscientific data sets

  • 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
  • Knowledge of data assimilation methods is an advantage
  • 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 work environment on an attractive research campus, 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
  • 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 www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_Docs

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020D-038