Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research
Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)

Head: Prof. Dr. H.P. Schmid
Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Post-doctoral position: Modelling yields and soil carbon
processes in African croplands

We seek to fill a post-doctoral position in the Plant-Atmosphere Interactions group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (, Germany. The position contributes to the GIZ funded project Scaling up soil carbon enhancement interventions for food security and climate across complex landscapes in Kenya and Ethiopia. Expected starting date is February 2017.

Main tasks include

  • To further develop and evaluate the dynamic global vegetation modelling framework LPJ-GUESS, especially with respect to modelling crop-yields and soil processes
  • To explore the use of relevant input data on different spatial and temporal resolutions and to explore possible interactions with fine-scale models such as DNDC
  • To perform model simulations and analyse outputs
  • To contribute to the group's general activities (i.e. some teaching, and project administration)

We offer

Work in a multi-disciplinary and friendly research environment, well connected to international networks and activities. Salary will be equivalent to the public service TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience. The appointment will be for up to 2.5 - 3 years.

Required qualifications

You will have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., meteorology, soil physics, environmental sciences), and strong, demonstrable skills in computer modelling and the analysis of large scale datasets. The main development language in C++, while other scripting languages are also used. You will need to have proficiency in the English language, both spoken and in writing. Willingness to travel is essential.


Applications should be sent by email to Prof. Almut Arneth ( by 16 December 2016, quoting the reference number ACS-01. 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 state your skills, and how you feel you could contribute to the main tasks.

Applications that are incomplete or do not address these criteria 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.

posted: 04 November 2016    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.