Open post doc positions at KIT Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

WEST AFRICAN SCIENCE SERVICE CENTRE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTED LAND

USE (WASCAL)_

REGIONAL CLIMATE SIMULATION ANALYSIS

POSTDOC POSITION (12 MONTHS, 100%)

CLIMATE MONITORING AND STATION MAINTENANCE

POSTDOC POSITION (12 MONTHS, 100%)

The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of the Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT, IMK-IFU) offers positions for two postdocs
(m/f) in

CLIMATE- AND HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES

STARTING DATE: AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

to strengthen the WASCAL team at the KIT Campus-Alpin in
Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Within the framework of the international project WASCAL (www.wascal.org
[1]) funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the
impact of climate- and land surface changes on hydrology, agriculture,
biodiversity, and the livelihood of the population in West Africa is
investigated. For this purpose, regional climate models and coupled
modelling systems were developed and applied for high-resolution
regional climate simulations and for the investigation of
land-atmosphere interactions. A comprehensive observational network,
consisting of automatic weather stations and state-of-the-art turbulent
flux measurement towers were installed in southern Burkina Faso and
northern Ghana. We are now seeking two motivated postdocs to join our
team for the analysis and dissemination of the high-resolution regional
climate simulation data and of the observational data collected in the
region, as well as for the maintenance of our network of stations in the
field. This research is performed in close cooperation with several
universities and major research institutions in Germany, the Competence
Centre of WASCAL in Ouagadougou and further local and trans-national
partners in West Africa.

The Campus Alpin of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate research at
KIT is located in the scenic environment of the Bavarian Alps in
immediate vicinity of Germanyâs highest mountain, one hour south of
Munich. In addition to an attractive work environment, both positions
offer the chance to visit West Africa to work with local scientists and
technicians, the ability to shape the future of WASCAL by contributing
to the next research agenda, and a sound perspective for continuation.

POSTDOC POSITION REGIONAL CLIMATE SIMULATION ANALYSIS

The successful application will hold an excellent master and PhD degree
in meteorology, hydrology, physics, mathematics, environmental science,
environmental engineering or related subjects. Comprehensive knowledge
in the application of regional climate models (e.g. WRF, CCLM or RegCM4)
and in the statistical and graphical analysis of model data is
essential. Extensive skills in PYTHON, shell scripting, statistical
analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB, R), common data formats (netCDF, grib) and
applications (NCO, CDO) in this context are expected. Proven experience
in big data analysis and process automatization are a must. Fitness for
the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West Africa, a strong
team spirit and perfect communication skills in English are required.
Fluency in French is considered as an asset.

POSTDOC POSITION CLIMATE MONITORING AND STATION MAINTENANCE

The successful applicant will hold an excellent master and PhD degree in
meteorology, hydrology, physics, geo-ecology, environmental science,
environmental engineering, geography or related subjects. Extensive
knowledge of state-of-the-art measurement techniques in meteorology or
hydrology and the analysis of observational data is expected. Sound
experience in the installation and maintenance of meteorological
stations, in Eddy-Covariance flux measurement techniques and in the
development of operational systems for climate or hydrological
monitoring are beneficial. Experience in PYTHON, shell scripting,
statistical analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB or R) are required. Fitness for
the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West Africa, a strong
team spirit and organisational talent, and perfect communication skills
in English are required. Fluency in French is considered as an asset.

The positions remain open until suitable candidates have been selected.
KIT/IMK-IFU 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 handicapped persons will be treated with preference.

CONTACT

Please send your application by email to:

Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Alpin

Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU)

KreuzeckbahnstraÃe 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Phone: +49-8821-183208 Email: harald.kunstmann
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