As a member of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich makes an effective contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on varied tasks in the area of research management and utilizes large, often unique, scientific infrastructure. Come and work with around 6,100 colleagues across a range of topics and disciplines at one of Europe's largest research centres.

The Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Agrosphere (IBG-3) conducts research to improve our understanding of biogeochemical and hydrological processes in terrestrial systems. Specific studies focus on environmental controls on biogeochemical cycling of elements, the analysis of exchange processes and nutrient dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. A combination of experiments, modelling and innovative observation technologies is used to bridge the gap between model, process and management scale. Its research contributes to the sustainable and resource-conserving use of soils and water and to the quantification of the effect of climate and land use change on terrestrial ecosystems. We offer a competent and interdisciplinary working environment, as well as an excellent framework in the areas of experiments and modelling.

We are looking to recruit several

Postdocs in terrestrial modelling and data analytics

Your Job:

  • develop and apply coupled terrestrial models in the research areas hydrogeology (groundwater), hydrology (soil and land surface including vegetation), and meteorology (weather/climate)
  • perform scientific simulations in supercomputer environments
  • analyze large geoscientific data sets
  • present and publish results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals

Your Profile:

  • university degree (Master) in hydrometeorology computer science, physics, civil engineering or applied mathematics
  • experience in atmospheric, hydrometeorologic modelling, and data analysis
  • knowledge of data assimilation methods is an advantage
  • programming skills with Python, Fortran, C/C++
  • ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in an international, interdisciplinary team across institutes
  • very good communication and organizational skills
  • very good command of the English language

Our Offer:

  • vibrant international and interdisciplinary work environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf and Aachen
  • attendance at national and international conferences and workshops
  • possibility for further scientific and technical training through international experts
  • an exceptional research infrastructure
  • flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life
  • limited for 2 years with possible longer-term prospects
  • full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our online recruitment system!

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published: 17 March 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.