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PostDoc - Climate Services for Wind Energy Site Assessments (m/f/d)

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, located in Hamburg, invites applications for a Postdoc, starting April 1st, 2023, in the research project „Influence of climate change on wind energy site assessment“ (KliWiSt) in the frame of the BMWi funded joint research project "KliWiSt". The project is limited to 31st of January 2024 an extension is aspired. The position is offered until the end of 2024.

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 KliWiSt is a BMWi funded joint research project with Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES). It’s aim is to assess climate change impacts specifically for the procedure of wind energy site assessment, and to synthesize guidelines informing future engineering standard specifications. The project considers the whole processing chain from practice- and sector-relevant identification of requirements and research gaps, an extensive analysis of observational data as well as past and future climate projections with a focus on wind climate variability and uncertainty, and the development of methodological approaches to incorporate climate (change) and uncertainty information into conventional industry-procedures. It will be rounded out by demonstrating case studies, and the transfer into guidelines for incorporation into future engineering standard specifications. The project will be supported and informed by industry-partners to develop practice- and sector-relevant products tailored to industry-requirements.

Equal opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. The position can be filled part-time in principle.

Your tasks:

  • Analysis and synthesize of practice- and sector relevant climate characteristics and compound climate events specific to wind energy
  • Development of dedicated climate impact indices for wind energy (such as for strong wind, icing, faunistic migration, etc.)
  • Identification, analysis and synthesize of uncertainty sources with respect to climate model simulations and data processing (such as methodological-technical uncertainty originating from interpolation procedures, power curves etc.)
  • Support the co-development of guidance documents for transfer into future engineering standard specifications
  • Support the communication and collaboration incl. conducting workshops with relevant industry-partners and boards in the frame of the project and beyond
  • Representation of GERICS and KliWiSt at scientific and societal relevant conferences, workshops and meetings; and compiling scientific and technical publications of the findings in related international peer-reviewed research journals

Your Profile:

  • A university degree and PhD in meteorology, physics or other related disciplines in natural sciences and earth science is essential.
  • Excellent knowledge in energy meteorology and/or boundary layer meteorology as well as time series analysis of climate data is desired.
  • 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 assessment and sectoral impacts on wind energy.
  • Experience in user dialogues and communication with actors in the energy sector.
  • Experience in working in international scientific projects and networks such as the EURO-CORDEX initiative would be beneficial.
  • Profound knowledge in appropriate programming languages such as Python, experience with software version control systems such as git, experience with Linux/Unix computer environments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English, as a synthesis report, stakeholder workshops and user dialogues with German industry-partners will be conducted
  • A profound 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 E-mail contact


Dr. Elke Keup-Thiel E-mail contact

We offer you:

  • Multinational work environment with ca. 1,100 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
  • Free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation

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.

Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number code no. 2023/KG 1 until 26.02.2023.

Apply now!