Scientist (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:

Scientist (m/f/d)
code no. 2019/CS 11
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

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, invites applications for a Scientist (m/f/d), starting as soon as possible. The position is limited to three years.

GERICS develops prototype products in the area of climate services and works in close cooperation with science and practice partners from politics, economy and administration. The project ?OPEn-air laboRAtories for Nature baseD solUtions to Manage hydro-meteorological risks? (OPERANDUM), funded by the European Union, deals with the development, implementation and evaluation of nature-based solutions (NBS) for the reduction of hydro-meteorological risks. In OPERANDUM, GERICS contributes to the development of strategies that help to enhance the social acceptance of NBS and to investigate the efficiency and efficacy of NBS under present and future climatic conditions.

Areas of responsibilities:
- analysis and interpretation of model results from meteorological observations, regional climate model ensembles and hydrological models
- analysis of hydro-meteorological extremes and impacts on the local water balance
- development of procedures and strategies to integrate hydro-meteorological data with ecological and socio-economic data for vulnerability assessments
- development of strategies for the transferability of nature-based solutions to other regions with regards to climate change
- evaluation and assessment of NBS technologies and their implementation to reduce current and future hydro-meteorological risks mainly flooding
- co-coordination of work packages and associated workflows
- compile scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals

Profile of qualifications:
- a university degree and Ph.D. or relevant professional experience in the field of hydrology, geoscience, meteorology, or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential
- extensive experience with the analysis and interpretation of data sets from hydrological models and regional climate model ensembles
- experience in risk and vulnerability assessments
- strong team and communication skills
- excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English
- experience in co-creation of knowledge for NBS would be beneficial
- knowledge of the programming language Python, command languages such as bash, and experience with Linux/Unix computer environments would be beneficial
- sound experience in climate modelling is an advantage
- willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team GERICS
- willingness to travel to other European countries

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Steffen Bender ( or Prof. Daniela Jacob (

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 11 including your CV, preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for application is June 26th, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/CS 11