The Augsburg University is a relatively new and rising university in Germany. The Institute for Geography invites applications to a

PhD position for vegetation-climate interactions/global carbon cycle studies

The newly founded Chair for Physical Geography and Climate Science carries out a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate. It investigates climate variability and land surface-atmosphere interactions from regional to global scales and emerging ecosystem responses under climate change. While the group tries to enhance our understanding of the role of the biosphere in the Earth system, a special focus lies on plant responses and associate feedbacks under climate change.

The topics to be addressed by the open PhD positions may include but are not limited to

  • analyses of emerging ecosystem responses under climate change, using established and novel Earth observations
  • climate-vegetation-carbon interactions under climate change (e.g. land surface feedbacks, extreme events, negative emission scenarios)
  • application and comprehensive assessment of biosphere and coupled climate models (e.g. TRENDY, CMIP6)

The scientist will become members of a dynamic team of researchers with ample opportunity for designing their own projects and for networking. The team is strongly involved in international projects and offers in-house expertise on local and large-scale climate change studies with both observational (e.g. satellite Earth observations) and modelling perspectives. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist with research institutions in close proximity in the greater Munich area.

Applicants for the PhD position should have a Master Degree in a natural or physical science subject (physics, geography, environmental science, ecology or similar); good programming skills (such as fortran, python, R); and excellent communication skills in English is a plus. Training or experience in climate and/or vegetation modelling/studies is highly desirable, but not essential.

The position is offered for three years starting October 2019 or later. We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development. The position includes teaching of 3.75 hours per week in the study programs of the Institute for Geography (in English).

Payment will be in accordance with 13 TV-L 75%. Part-time work is in principal possible. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references) by Sep 15, 2019, preferably by e-mail (one PDF-attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) to or by mail to Petra Richter, Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie, Institute for Geography, Augsburg University, Alter Postweg 118, 86135 Augsburg. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann (

posted: 06 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.