The Augsburg University is a relatively new and upcoming university in Germany. The Institute for Geography invites applications (full-time) for

1 Research Scientist position
for vegetation-climate interactions/global carbon cycle studies

The Chair for Physical Geography 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, emerging ecosystem responses under climate change and also conducts biogeochemical (carbon cycle) studies. While the group tries to foster 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 position may include but are not limited to

  • analyses of emerging ecosystem responses using established and novel Earth observations
  • climate-vegetation-carbon interactions under climate change
  • 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 research scientist positions should have a PhD in a natural or physical science subject (atmospheric physics, geography, ecology or similar); good programming skills (such as fortran, python); and excellent communication skills in English, proven also by scientific publications. Training or experience in climate and/or vegetation modelling is highly desirable, but not essential.

The position is offered for three years starting Aug/Sept. 2020, with the possibility to extend to a maximum of six years and acquire a "Habilitation". The position includes teaching of 5 hours per week in the study programs of the Institute for Geography.

We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development.

Payment will be in accordance with TV-L A13. 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 May 30, 2020, 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 Chair Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann (

posted: 23 April 2020 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.