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Current job offers at GERICS

PhD Position (m/f)

GERICS invites applications for a PhD position (m/f), as soon as possible, as part of the project “Detaillierte Einflüsse der winterlichen Klimaänderungen im Stadtklima Hamburgs”. The project is a close cooperation with Meteorol. Inst., Univ. Hamburg (Group of Prof. Schlünzen). Therefore, the successful applicant will work half the time at the University and become guest member of Universität Hamburg. It is intended that a PhD student will become a member of the SICCS graduate school of Centre for Earth System Sciences and Sustainability (CEN, Univ. Hamburg). The position is limited to 3 years.

The project aims at investigating climate change related impacts on the City of Hamburg with focus on winter. This includes the quantification of temperature and precipitation changes on the city level using regional and locale climate model results. A detailed city modeling with the microscale model MITRAS of current and future winter conditions is planned to investigate impacts on the city infrastructure and quantify the effects of adaption measures.

Areas of responsibilities:

  • refining the snow and frozen soil parametrizations of MITRAS and including a parametrization that allows to take snow on slanted roofs into account
  • conducting and evaluating the newly developed parametrizations using available observations and wind tunnel data
  • contributing thematically and technically to the progress of the project
  • compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings of the different areas in related international peer-reviewed research journals and contributing to the project reporting

Profile of qualifications:

  • a university degree in meteorology, physics, maths or other related disciplines in natural sciences and Earth science is essential
  • experience in the field of regional modelling of the climate or Earth system, preferably experience with limited-area climate and/or microscale models
  • experience in post-processing of climate data for scientific application and using high-performance computing facilities would be beneficial
  • familiarity with the analysis of data sets from climate models. Excellent knowledge of the programming language Fortran. Profound knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python and R and experience with Linux/Unix computer environments
  • experience in communicating scientific results to scientists of different disciplines
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in German and/or English
  • 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. Kevin Sieck E-mail contact

or

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob E-mail contact

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code-no. 2018/CS 5 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

Human resources E-mail contact

Closing date for application is June, 6th, 2018.



Senior Scientist (m/f)

GERICS invites applications for a Senior Scientist (m/f), as soon as possible, as part of the project “Impacts of changes in the winter climate on the urban climate of the city of Hamburg” (“Detaillierte Einflüsse der winterlichen Klimaänderungen im Stadtklima Hamburgs”). The project is a close cooperation with Meteorol. Inst., Univ. Hamburg (Group of Prof. Schlünzen). Therefore, the successful applicant will work half the time at the University and become guest member of Universität Hamburg. The position is limited to 3 years. The place of employment is Hamburg.

The project aims at investigating climate change related impacts on the City of Hamburg with focus on winter. This includes the quantification of temperature and precipitation changes on the city level using regional and locale climate model results. A detailed city modeling with the microscale model MITRAS of current and future winter conditions is planned to investigate impacts on the city infrastructure and quantify the effects of adaption measures.

Areas of responsibilities:

  • Optimizing MITRAS for the current generation high-performance computer of DKRZ.
  • MPI parallelisation of MITRAS.
  • Contributing thematically and technically to the progress of the project.
  • Compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings of the different areas in related international peer-reviewed research journals and contributing to the project reporting.

Profile of qualifications:

  • A university degree in computer science, meteorology, physics, maths or other related disciplines is essential.
  • Excellent knowledge of the programming language Fortran.
  • Experience in the field of climate modelling, preferably experience with limited-area climate and/or microscale models and their parallelization.
  • Profound knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python and experience with Linux/Unix computer environments.
  • Experience with the use of high-performance computers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in German and/or English.
  • 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. Kevin Sieck E-mail contact

or

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob E-mail contact

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code-no. 2018/CS 6 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

Human resources E-mail contact

Closing date for application is June 6th, 2018.



Scientific Coordinator (m/f)

GERICS invites applications for a Scientific coordinator (m/f). The position is initially limited to 24 months. The place of employment is Hamburg, Germany

She/he will support the scientific and administrative activities of the Earth League. The Earth League is an international, interdisciplinary association of prominent scientists from leading research institutions. It aims at fostering science related to the Earth system and climate change, such as research in the fields of climate modelling, socioeconomics, biodiversity, and resilience. The Earth League strives to strengthen development and innovation in order to promote the transformation of societies towards sustainability and adaptation to climate change.

Activities of the Earth League include, among others, scientific publications that highlight issues related to the global challenge of climate change and with a solution oriented view. The Earth League runs a Postdoc programme which supports outstanding young scientists as ‘Earth Docs’ who have the opportunity to pursue research endeavours at the forefront of science.

As host of the Earth League secretariat, GERICS is looking for a scientific coordinator who is eager to support the Earth League members in their scientific and administrative activities, and to coordinate the Earth Docs’ work and progress.

Tasks:

  • support the Earth League members in identifying topics and realising Earth League scientific publications, as well as further Earth League outreach activities;
  • support the publication process through coordinating, writing, and editorial work;
  • coordinate and facilitate the collaboration and communication between the Earth League members, the Earth League secretariat, and the Earth League director;
  • organisation and management of regular meetings, including remote meeting formats and annual to bi-annual meeting conferences, with scientific symposia associated;
  • management and further development of the Earth Doc programme through the organisation and management of regular exchange between the Earth Docs and the director and members of the Earth League;
  • support the Earth League members in further developing the Earth League’s profile.

Skills and experiences:

  • a relevant scientific background and a PhD, preferably in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Socio-Economics, or a similar field;
  • experience in writing and publishing scientific papers;
  • at least 5 years of experience in management of projects and in the coordination of scientific work;
  • proficiency in English;
  • transdisciplinary experience is an asset;
  • she/he should be highly motivated, proactive, self-reliant, assertive, and possess excellent time management;
  • team worker qualities with good interpersonal skills;
  • interest in transferring knowledge to society, experience in outreach;
  • experience in fundraising is an asset.

Informal enquiries can be directed to

Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob E-mail contact

or

Dr. Maria Máñez Costa E-mail contact

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer and particularly strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code-no. 2018/CS 7 preferably to

Human resources E-mail contact

and include your CV, a list of publications, description of research experience, and a list of references.

Closing date for application is June, 17th, 2018.