Five Postdoctoral or PhD Researchers in Quantitative Environmental Sciences (KIT, Germany)

Five Postdoctoral or PhD Researchers in Quantitative Environmental Sciences (KIT, Germany)

Five Postdoctoral or PhD Researchers in Quantitative Environmental Sciences (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany)

KIT is seeking to appoint up to 5 quantitative Environmental Scientists as either postdoctoral
researchers or PhD students. The successful applicants will contribute to a number of EU-funded
research projects exploring the impacts of environmental and policy change on land use and
ecosystems, including biodiversity at large spatial scales (European to global). The positions will be held within the Land Use & Climate Change Research Group (https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/) and/or the Global Land Ecosystem Modelling Group (https://lemg.imk-ifu.kit.edu/) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Specifically, we seek researchers to address the following topics:

1. The contribution of sustainable forest management to climate change mitigation, adaptation and nature conservation;
2. The nexus between biodiversity, food and timber production, climate change mitigation, water resources and health;
3. Nature-based solutions to reduce climate change risks;
4. The role of international trade and environmental policy in land use and ecosystem change.

You will contribute to the further development and application of the LandSyMM modelling framework (https://landsymm.earth/) using environmental modelling, data analysis methods and literature review. Willingness to engage with stakeholders is also expected for some of the tasks. The positions will entail contributions to project management and reporting, and some teaching. The positions are available from September 2022 for 2-3 years initially with the potential for extension beyond this period.

Applications should be sent by email to Sylvia Kratz (sylvia.kratz@kit.edu) by Friday 22 April 2022, quoting the reference, 5MRAA. Applications should be submitted within a single PDF document that includes your CV, publications list (with citations), a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees. The motivation letter should clearly state a) your skills and experience in quantitative environmental sciences b) whether you are applying for a postdoctoral or PhD position, and c) how your research interests relate to the topics given above and the project descriptions in the annex. Please also indicate where you heard about this job opportunity.

Program manager position for Carbon Dioxide Removal project at LMU Munich

Program manager position for Carbon Dioxide Removal project at LMU Munich

Program Manager for Carbon Dioxide Removal Project at LMU Munich, Germany

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich’s Department of Geography invites applications (full-time) for Program Manager for Carbon Dioxide Removal Project.

The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems carries out fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate via land use. It leads the synthesis, transfer, and coordination project for the BMBF funding line on Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR; https://www.fona.de/de/massnahmen/foerdermassnahmen/co2-entnahmemethoden-cdr.php).

To limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement’s goals, greenhouse gas neutrality needs to be reached within the next few decades. This will likely require CDR in addition to emissions reductions. Projects in the BMBF program on terrestrial, geological, and material-based CDR and a parallel program on marine CDR methods aim to provide a systematic and comprehensive science basis of potentials, implementability, risks, and side-effects in the Earth system of various CDR methods and pathways and will investigate feedbacks with other Sustainable Development Goals. The CDR program aims to enhance the research capacities in Germany for CDR, strengthen the links between research and other stakeholders, and provide an adequate scientific basis for political decision-making in research and climate policy.

The Program Manager will work closely with the Scientific Coordinator, Transfer Manager, and Public Relations Officer. Specific tasks comprise of:

  • acting as the focal point for internal and external concerns of the program, which comprises approximately 100 researchers
  • assisting the program spokesperson in all tasks
  • being responsible for a program-wide communication system, networking and coordination activities, which ensure a structured collaboration between the program’s individual and joint projects, its governing bodies, with the marine funding line, and relevant international programs
  • ensuring timely compliance with commitments and monitoring scientific progress towards the overall goals of the program.

The Program Manager’s position requires:

  • an MSc or Ph.D. university degree (preferably in environmental or climate sciences)
  • experience of several years in managing research projects
  • very good organizational skills
  • capability to work independently and in a team
  • very good English skills in speech and writing.
  • Good German language skills are advantageous, as is knowledge of German and international research landscape around climate and CDR.

The Program Manager will become a member of a dynamic team around research, coordination, and transfer of the CDR synthesis project and many other projects at the chair for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems. The team is strongly involved in large international collaborations such as the Global Carbon Project, AIMES, and the IPCC/CMIP6.

The position is offered from April 2022 or soon after until October 2024.

Your workplace will be located in central Munich and is easy to reach by public transport. We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development.

Payment will be in accordance with TV-L E14. Part-time work is in principle possible. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. We encourage female candidates to apply.

Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references) by April 1, 2022, by e-mail (one PDF attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) with subject “CDR-PrM-2022” to climate.jobs@geographie.uni-muenchen.de. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz (julia.pongratz@lmu.de).

Five Postdoctoral or PhD Researchers in Quantitative Environmental Sciences (KIT, Germany)

Research Assistant in the nexus between biodiversity, climate, water, food and health at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Research Assistant in the nexus between biodiversity, climate, water, food and health at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

We are seeking a Research Assistant to undertake an assessment of the interactions among biodiversity, climate, water, food and health (the nexus). You will contribute to the European Commission funded (Horizon Europe) BIONEXT project (The Biodiversity Nexus: Transformative Change for Sustainability), and to the IPBES nexus assessment1. The position will be held within the Land Use & Climate Change Research Group (https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), located at KIT’s attractive ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Your specific tasks will be to:

1. Support knowledge and science brokerage for IPBES assessments and EU environmental policy, including,

  • Analysing the implications of transformative change in the biodiversity nexus for EU environmental policy options,
  • Communicate and collaborate with IPBES bodies;

2. Act as a Chapter Scientist within chapter 3 (Future interactions across the nexus) in the IPBES nexus assessment, including,

  • Undertaking a review and assessment of the literature on biodiversity nexus scenarios;
  • Supporting the assessment authors in writing and editing text and managing bibliographies.

The position will also entail small contributions to teaching and group administration.

PhD position at UFZ Leipzig on Model-based exploration of leverage points to foster sustainable nitrogen management in German agriculture

PhD position at UFZ Leipzig on Model-based exploration of leverage points to foster sustainable nitrogen management in German agriculture

PhD position at UFZ Leipzig on Model-based exploration of leverage points to foster sustainable nitrogen management in German agriculture

The POLISES group (www.polises.de) at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig, Germany, is offering a three years PhD Position on  “Model-based exploration of leverage points to foster sustainable nitrogen management in German agriculture starting May 1, 2022 on with a methodological focus on social-ecological modelling and agent-based modelling.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the effects of policy measures for sustainable nitrogen management of farmers in Germany. This shall be achieved by developing an integrated model complex that makes both the socio-economic and the biophysical sides of the system explicit and thus allows the consideration of various types of policy measures as well as feedbacks within the system.

The deadline for application is March 4, 2022.

Your tasks:
  • Develop an agent-based model that includes farmers’ decisions on nitrogen management under a variety of potential policy measures in a dynamic and spatially explicit manner
  • Couple the agent-based model with a (simplified) biogeophysical model that simulates the effect of farmers’ nitrogen management on environmental nitrate pollution, taking into account biogeophysical and the socio-economic feedbacks
  • Parametrize the coupled model with empirical data obtained from different sources
  • Use the model to explore the effect of different policies to change farmers’ nitrogen management on environmental nitrogen pollution and to derive recommendations for the design of such policy measures
  • Collaborate with researchers from different Thematic Areas at UFZ relevant in the given context and thereby foster cross-sectional research activity at the UFZ
Your profile:
  • An excellent master’s degree in a relevant field of research, including system sciences, mathematics, physics, agricultural economics, geography, sustainability science
  • Expertise in modelling and analyzing complex systems (experience in agent-based modelling is beneficial)
  • Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. NetLogo, C++, Java, Python) and advanced statistical methods
  • Deep interest in investigating farmer behavior and its consequences from an interdisciplinary perspective, involving sociological, economical, ecological and biogeophysical considerations
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and ambition to publish in international journals
  • High motivation to work in an international and interdisciplinary team
  • Readiness to travel within and beyond Europe to attend conferences, workshops and courses
Five Postdoctoral or PhD Researchers in Quantitative Environmental Sciences (KIT, Germany)

Two postdoctoral researchers in land-based, climate change mitigation modelling for the European forest sector (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Two postdoctoral researchers in land-based, climate change mitigation modelling for the European forest sector (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

                                                                  

Overview

We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers in the field of land-based, climate change mitigation modelling for the forest sector in Europe. The positions will contribute to the European Commission funded (Horizon Europe) ForestPaths project, held within the Land Use & Climate Change Research Group (https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/) and the Global Land Ecosystem Modelling Group (https://lemg.imk-ifu.kit.edu/) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), located at KIT’s attractive ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Specifically, we seek to employ:

  • A land use modeller to further develop, test and apply the CRAFTY agent-based model of land use change (see: https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/CRAFTY) in evaluating land-based, climate change mitigation scenarios and policy options for the forest sector in Europe. You will contribute to the coupling of CRAFTY with the LPJ-GUESS vegetation model within the LandSyMM modelling framework (https://landsymm.earth/) and use the model to explore policy pathways, including engaging with key policy stakeholders (ref: FP-LUCCG);
  • An ecosystem modeller to further develop, test and apply the LPJ-GUESS vegetation model (https://lemg.imk-ifu.kit.edu/themes/land-climate-interactions) in evaluating vegetation dynamics and carbon cycling for the forest sector in Europe. You will contribute to improving and testing forest management implementation in LPJ-GUESS and explore, for a range of scenarios, how these affect carbon uptake as well as habitat structural diversity (ref: FP-LEMG).

Your specific roles will be to contribute to the further development and application of these models individually, but also in an integrated way within the LandSyMM modelling framework (https://landsymm.earth/). The positions will also entail small contributions to teaching and group administration. We offer a multi‐disciplinary, highly collaborative and friendly team, well connected to national and international research networks and activities. Salary and benefits will be based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service Sector (TV‐L EG13). The positions are available from June 2022 for 2 years initially with the potential for extension beyond this period.

Qualifications

You will have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and strong quantitative skills in computer modelling and coding (e.g., Fortran, C, C++, Java, Python) and the analysis of large-scale datasets in the environmental sciences (GIS experience alone is insufficient). Depending on the position applied for, experience with statistical analysis, scenario analysis, ecological economics, ecosystem modelling, 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 German. Willingness to travel to interact with consortia partners is required. Further information can be obtained from Prof. Mark Rounsevell (mark.rounsevell@kit.edu) for FP-LUCCG and Prof. Almut Arneth (almut.arneth@kit.edu) for FP-LEMG.

Applications

Applications should be sent by email to Sylvia Kratz (sylvia.kratz@kit.edu) by Friday 18 March 2022, quoting the relevant reference, FP-LUCCG or FP-LEMG. Applications should be submitted within a single PDF document that includes your CV, publications list (with citations), a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees. The motivation letter should clearly state your computer modelling experience and how your research interests relate to the job specifications provided above. Please also indicate where you heard about this job opportunity. Applications that are incomplete or do not address these criteria will not be considered. Interviews will be held remotely on Thursday 31 March or Friday 1 April 2022. 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.

Postdoctoral Researcher on the Impact of Climate Adaptation on Poverty Traps (University of Amsterdam)

Postdoctoral Researcher on the Impact of Climate Adaptation on Poverty Traps (University of Amsterdam)

Postdoctoral Researcher on the Impact of Climate Adaptation on Poverty Traps (University of Amsterdam)

Working with Debraj Roy and the Netherlands eScience Center, this position focuses on modelling feedbacks between climate change adaptation and poverty traps dynamics using spatial agent-based models. The focus is on cities in the Global South; collaborations with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre are foreseen.

The project focuses on modelling the feedbacks between climate change adaptation and poverty traps. Specifically, we study the role of adaptation in shaping risk using spatially explicit modelling of the socio-economic dynamics related to climate change adaptation (CCA), and how dynamics in poverty levels impact adaptive capacity. Spatial agent-based modelling (SABM), enabled by growing computing power, has been successfully applied to analyse macro-outcomes in a virtual society, emerging out of the actions and interactions of individual heterogeneous agents in a city or region. Agent decision-making is flexible and incorporates behavioural factors, bounded rationality, interactions, and learning. Although SABM is actively used to study social, economic, and environmental problems, including CCA, they have not yet been used to explore the mutual dynamics of adverse climate impacts and poverty traps. You are expected to make methodological advancements in understanding the role of CCA in the emergence of poverty traps.

What are you going to do:

  • Develop and scale up a spatially explicit agent-based model to systematically explore the factors reinforcing poverty traps as climate change intensifies.
  • Perform sensitivity analysis of the model. Develop and implement strategies for model calibration and validation.
  • Collaborate with researchers at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre to explore a wide range of real-world scenarios using the agent-based model.
  • Publish in high level international journals, presenting at leading conferences and collaborate with PhD/Master/Bachelor students.
  • Assure research data management following the FAIR data principles.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to policy reports and translating scientific evidence to practical recommendations.

The deadline to apply is 1 April 2022. Apply here: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/306813/postdoctoral-researcher-on-the-impact-of-climate-adaptation-on-poverty-traps/