Research position in flood risk

Helmholtz-Center Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ - Helmholtz Association

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts


Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization. For Section 5.4 Hydrology we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 1676

Saferplaces – Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risk in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities The Section 5.4 Hydrology searches for a researcher to work in the EIT Climate KIC funded demonstrator project “Saferplaces – Improved assessment of pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood hazards and risk in European cities as a mean to build safer and resilient communities”, within the work package “WP3 Damage and Loss”. Main objective of the GFZ contribution to this WP is the development and implementation of probabilistic multi-variable damage models for residential buildings and companies for fluvial and pluvial floods on the basis of high resolution open data sources for multi-hazard risk assessment to be applied in selected pilot case studies.

Your responsibilities:

  • develop probabilistic damage models for residential buildings and companies for fluvial and pluvial floods (using Bayesian networks and/or Bayesian regression models)
  • integrate and test model predictive performance for high resolution open data for urban areas
  • apply and validate models in pilot case study areas in Europe
  • write project reports and scientific publications for international peer-reviewed journals
  • present results at scientific meetings
  • close exchange with project partners and stakeholders from administration and the industry

Your qualifications:

  • M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Geoinformatics, Engineering or Geosciences or related natural/engineering sciences
  • PhD is an asset
  • very good knowledge of multivariate statistics including data mining, experience with Bayesian networks and Bayesian statistics is an asset
  • very good programming skills in e.g. R, Python and experiences with GIS, and geo-databases, e.g. PostGIS
  • interest to independently develop and implement novel research approaches with a strong focus on practical implementation
  • experience with scientific writing and presentation capacity for international, interdisciplinary teamwork is an asset
  • very good English language skills

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 14 months (until December 2019)
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: full time (currently 39h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Location: Potsdam You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (www.geo-x.net), and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.Please submit your application by 31st October 2018.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.


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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15095176

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