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

Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is our goal to make significant contributions to mastering the global challenges of humankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9000 employees of KIT cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in research, academic education, and innovation.

The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research / Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMKIFU) at the KIT-Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for a

Research scientist Modelling terrestrial ecosystems response to environmental changes

We seek a creative and communicative colleague to join the land-ecosystem modelling group (LEMG; at IMK-IFU. You will be developing and applying advanced model systems (i.e., the dynamic global vegetation model LPJ-GUESS or coupled socio-economic/ecological models (LandSyMM)). Your skills will help to solve questions of utmost importance, posed by the combined challenges of climate change, land-use change and biodiversity loss.

Tasks include:

We are a multi-disciplinary, collaborative and friendly team, well connected to national and international research networks and activities. The position includes close cooperation with colleagues at IMK-IFU, Lund University (Sweden), Edinburgh (UK), Western Sydney (AU) and many others in worldwide. You will have the opportunity to further enhance your academic career through leading tasks and cooperating in the ongoing projects, and by developing project proposals, jointly with the head of the group.

The foreseen starting date is flexible, ideally by 1.7. 2024. The appointment will be initially for a period of two years; extension for another one to two years is possible, depending on previous years of work in the German public sector, on successfully achieving set milestones in the foreseen tasks, and continued availability of funds. Salary and benefits will be based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service Sector (TV-L, category 13, depending on the fulfilment of professional and personal requirements).

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant subject (e.g., environmental science, meteorology, information technology, atmospheric physics, ecology)
  • Practical knowledge of modern coding and data-analyses languages (e.g., C++, R, Python...)
  • Proven track-record in running simulations and quantitative data-analysis (GIS is insufficient)
  • Above-average publication record and having applied successfully for funding previously is an advantage
  • You will need to be willing to travel and have very good spoken and written skills in the English language


Applications should include a letter of motivation, your CV including a short description of your previous research and programming experience, and contact details of two referees. Please send your full application by 15.03.2024 online via to-environmental-changes

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth (almut.arneth(at)

KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female and diverse candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps are treated preferentially.

posted: 15 February 2024    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.