Postdoctoral Scientist - Climate extremes/Crops

The Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (JLU), Germany, invites applications for a part-time position to the extent of 80 % full-time equivalent for a Postdoctoral Scientist/Research Scientist

The position is funded through the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) project /Climate Change and Extremes Events (ClimXtreme) Module C: Impacts of extreme weather and climate events on natural and socio-economic system / CROP /( and is available from the earliest date until February 28th , 2023. The salary of the position is determined by payment group E 13 according to the collective labor agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H).


In collaboration with German Universities, Research Centres/Institutes, and the German Met Service (DWD), the successful candidate will perform systematic comparisons between statistical models and process-based crop models to characterise the importance of compound extreme events at subnational level for Germany and adjacent countries and a variety of irrigated and rainfed crops. The applicant should develop an integrated approach of statistical and process-based crop models with the aim to establish an agro-climatic service by combining with seasonal climate forecast. Finally, the postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with the researchers of the BMBF funded collaborative project NUKLEUS that runs in parallel is expected to work on bias-correction and stochastic downscaling of climate predictions and projections to appropriate spatio-temporal scales. Presentation of the results in conferences and peer-reviewed publications together with participation in the project management, and coordination with the /ClimXtreme/ partners and project reporting belong to the work tasks.

The successful candidate will join a small international and interdisciplinary team working on various aspects of past, present and future climate change and impacts across the Europe and the Mediterranean. The group is attached to the applied development and environmental research oriented interdisciplinary Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University (

Requirement profile:

  • The applicant must hold must hold a Master's or an equivalent degree and a doctorate in mathematics, statistics, physics, Earth or agricultural sciences with interest in climate science and statistical applications
  • In-depth experience handling large data sets (observation data as well as climate model data), statistical modelling, experience working on extremes, evaluation and interpretation of climate model output and statistical analyses, also non-linear procedures
  • Proof of very good programming skills and publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work is an advantage
  • Desirable is a communicative, creative and reliable person, able to work in a team as well as independent
  • Willingness to take responsibility and make a significant contribution to a joint project together with analytical thinking and organizational skills are required

JLU is seeking a larger percentage of women in academia; therefore, qualified female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. The university sees itself as a family-friendly university. Applicants with children are most welcome.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. E. Xoplaki ( or Dr. J. Luterbacher (

Please send your application (containing a max 1 page motivation letter, CV, two reference persons and copies of the Master diploma) stating the application number 253/Z until June 4th, 2020 to Dr. Elena Xoplaki, Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung (ZEU),Senckenbergstraße 1, 35390 Gießen, Germany or preferably by e-mail in one single pdf file to Applications from disabled people of equal aptitude will be given preference. Please only submit copies of your application documents without document files or folders, as they cannot be returned after the application procedure is completed.

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published: 05 May 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.