Postdoc (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:

Postdoc (m/f/d)
Reference code: 50012948_2 – code no. 2020/CS 1
The place of employment is Hamburg (Germany).

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, invites applications for a Postdoc (m/f/d), as soon as possible, in the research project ?Climate Services for eXtremes? (CS4eXtremes) in the frame of BMBF funded joint research project "ClimXtreme". The position is limited to 3 years.

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 project CS4eXtremes is coordinated by GERICS. It considers the whole processing chain from practice- and sector-relevant identification of climate extreme characteristics, the analysis of past and future climate extremes, the assessment of the impact of extremes for an agricultural and forestry case study, and the translation into optional adaptation strategies and related product ideas to adapt to climate extreme impacts. By choosing a self-reflective approach, the process of the project will be continuously monitored and evaluated. The project will be rounded out by demonstrating concepts on upscaling of the findings to the whole agricultural sector or possible transferability of the approach to other sectors.

Your tasks
- identification and analysis of practice-relevant characteristics of climate extremes with a focus on heat wave, drought, heavy rain and strong wind
- analysis of past and future climate extremes on the basis of high-resolution climate model ensemble data from EURO-CORDEX and other relevant data
- develop new methodologies for assessing user-relevant climate extreme characteristics, also including weather and circulation type classifications
- assessing the conditions for the occurence of a climate extreme
- verification of the user-relevant climate extreme characteristics by analyses of observational data and past events
- identifcation and analyses of user-relevant climate extreme events in climate change projections
- perform episodes of regional climate model simulations at convection permitting scales for dedicated small scale climate extreme events
- support the assessment of possible impacts of climate extremes in combination with human actions for the agricultural and forestry sector (N2O emission, carbon balance after wind throw, ecosystem services)
- support optional adaptation strategies and co-develop related products to better adapt to climate extremes under climate change

Your profile
- a university degree and Ph.D. in meteorology, physics or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
- excellent knowledge in extreme value statistics and analyses of extreme events and weather/circulation type classifications is essential
- extensive experience in the analysis of climate model ensemble data from regional climate change projections, and from earth observations and measurements is essential
- background knowledge in climate impact assesssments on terrestrial systems and sectoral impacts on agricutlure and forestry
- experience in user dialogues and communication with actors in agriculture and forestry
- experience in regional climate modelling and contributions to international scientific projects and networks such as the EURO-CORDEX initiative would be beneficial
- profound knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python and R, experience with Linux/Unix computer environments, and experience in using high-performance computing facilities
- excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English, as well as a record of peer reviewed publications in order to demonstrate the skill to publish the work in scientific journals
- 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

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr. Diana Rechid (, or Dr. Markus Groth (

We offer:
- multinational work environment with over 1000 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.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (including CV, a statement of interest and copies of master/diploma/university certificates) indicating job offer code no. 2020/CS 1. Please use the following registration link to upload your complete application documents
Closing date for applications is April 5th, 2020.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020/CS 1