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Post-doctoral / science programmers in the area ofmodelling regional/global terrestrial ecosystem dynamics andregional vegetation-atmosphere interactions

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU). Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 28.02.2018

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research/Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for

Post-doctoral /science programmers in the area of modelling regional/global terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and regional vegetation-atmosphere interactions

Land-use change and climate change impact on ecosystems multiple ways, and ecosystem processes feedback to climate, but also to socio-economic processes in the land-use system. Yet our modelling skills in how the corresponding biotic, abiotic and social processes interact is still poor.

We seek post-doctoral researchers/science programmers to improve on some key issues, who will contribute to

1) further develop model code of the dynamic vegetation model LPJ-GUESS, for instance related to crop-processes, seasonal vegetation dynamics (C allocation), and/or model coupling to a multi-trophic functional diversity model (Madingley);
2) develop coupling of LPG-GUESS and the regional climate model WRF
Tasks will also include to
  • apply the newly developed model globally and regionally;
  • assess model performance against suitable observations;
  • perform uncertainty analyses;
  • contribute some amount of time to broader duties, such as project reporting and teaching.
The work will be done in close collaboration with groups world-wide, especially in Sweden and the UK, but also in Israel and Kenya.


The candidates must demonstrate advanced knowledge in programming such as in C++, and must have proven experience in simulations on Linux clusters. A degree in a quantitative environmental sciences discipline, for instance meteorology, environmental physics, or plant ecophysiology is required. Knowledge about soil and vegetation processes is a clear advantage. Candidates also needs to be familiar with processing large-scale model input and output. Excellent oral and written skills in English are prerequisite.

We offer

A vibrant and friendly, international research environment in the beautiful surroundings of Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Germany ( The salary will be equivalent to the public service TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience. The appointment will be for 2 years, expected to start around summer 2018; extension beyond 2 years is possible, but depends on performance as well as the availability of funds.


More information on how to apply can be found at: and Applications should be sent by 5 April 2018, quoting the respective reference numbers TUT-01 or TUT-02. Please send a copy of your CV including a publication list, a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees. The motivation letter should clearly provide evidence of your skills, and how you feel you can contribute to the main tasks.
Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.
KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps will be treated with preference.

Bewerbungsschluss: 05.04.2018