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

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, invites applications for a PhD position (m/f), starting June 1st, 2019, in coupled regional climate and land use / land management modelling. The project is a cooperation with the Institute of Geography at University Hamburg (Group of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Böhner), in the frame of the Helmholtz-Institute for Climate Service Science (HICSS).

Since 2016 scientists from the University of Hamburg and the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht have been cooperating in the newly founded Helmholtz Institute for Climate Service 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".

The position is limited to 3 years. The place of employment is Hamburg.

Areas of responsibilities:
- development of new parameterisations for representing land management practises such as irrigation and forest conversion in regional climate models
- implementation of the new paramterisations into the regional climate model REMO-iMOVE
- performing high resolution model simulations in European pilot regions in coordination with the WCRP CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study LUCAS
- systematic analyses of simulated local and regional feedbacks of the different land forcings
- evaluation of simulated variables and fine-scale processes against multi-variable observations from flux towers, satellite sensors and new airborne and spaceborn radar techniques
- representation of GERICS and HICSS at scientific conferences and meetings, and compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals

Profile of qualifications:
- Diplom / Master in physics, meteorology, geography or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
- experiences in regional climate modelling and parameterisations of land surface processes and land management is required
- knowledge and experiences in compiling and analysing information and data sets of land management, e.g. based on derived products from remote sensing, would be beneficial
- knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python and R, and experience with Linux/Unix computer environments is required
- excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English
- willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Diana Rechid ( and Prof. Jürgen Böhner (

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
- an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

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 your application indicating job offer code-no. 2019/CS 4 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 June 2nd, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/CS 4