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

Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

PhD position in Land-Use Change Modelling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU),
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany


The Land Use and Climate Change Research Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( has an available PhD position for research in the field of land use change modelling. You will undertake work towards a PhD degree that will build on the Research Group's interests in agent-based modelling of land use change ( The PhD project will investigate ways in which the land system can best contribute to climate change mitigation, food production and biodiversity preservation, accounting for human decision-making at individual and societal levels. The project will focus on one of the following potential topics:

  • Agent-based modelling of land use change at the global scale to assess the impacts of climatic and socio-economic changes on the land system. Modelling will be done within the LandSyMM modelling framework, and will involve data analysis, model development and integration;
  • Agent-based modelling of the effect of protected areas and ecological connectivity on land use change at the European scale, accounting for impacts on regulating, provisioning, cultural and supporting ecosystem services;
  • Agent-based modelling of land use change at the national scale (potential applications in Germany, the UK or Brazil) to explore issues such as land-based mitigation, forest degradation or agricultural policy implementation;
  • Modelling institutions and social networks as drivers of land use change to understand policy pathways to sustainable development, using quantitative and qualitative data sources.

The position is available from 1 October 2021 for 3 years and is funded through a PhD stipend. The value of the PhD stipend is up to €1365 per month depending on the candidate's personal circumstances. The position holder will be located at KIT's attractive Alpine Campus in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The position will also entail some contributions to teaching and group administration.


You will have a BSc or MSc degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) and strong quantitative skills in modelling and the analysis of large-scale datasets in the environmental sciences. Experience with statistical analysis, scenario analysis, ecological economics, computational social sciences and/or computer programming is desirable. You will need to have proficiency in the English language, both spoken and in writing, and preferably a working knowledge of the German language. Further information can be obtained from Prof. Mark Rounsevell ( or Dr. Calum Brown (


Applications should be sent by email to Sylvia Kratz ( by Friday 16 July 2021, quoting the reference, LUCRG_PHD_2021. Applications should be submitted within a single PDF document that includes your CV, publications list, a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees. The motivation letter should clearly state how your research interests relate to the research projects listed above. Applications that are incomplete or do not address these criteria will not be considered.

Interviews will be held remotely on Friday 23 July 2021.

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 are treated preferentially.

posted: 07 June 2021    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.