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

Friday 9 July 2021

We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers in the field of land-based, climate change mitigation modelling. The positions will be held within the Land Use & Climate Change Research Group ( and the Global Land Ecosystem Modelling Group ( of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), located at KIT’s ‘Campus Alpin’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Specifically, we seek to employ:

  • A land use modeller to develop and apply the CRAFTY agent-based model of land use change (see: in evaluating land-based, climate change mitigation scenarios and policy options at the national scale in Germany (ref: LUC-ABM);
  • An ecosystem modeller to develop and apply the LPJ-GUESS model ( in evaluating vegetation dynamics and biogeochemical cycling globally and nationally for Germany (ref: LUC-DGVM).

Your specific roles will be to contribute to the further development and application of these models individually, but also in an integrated way within a coupled modelling framework. The positions will also entail some contributions to teaching and group administration. The positions are available from 1 October 2021 for 3 years (subject to confirmation of project funding) with the position holders being located at KITs attractive Alpine Campus in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Salary will be equivalent to the public service TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience.

You will have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and strong quantitative skills in computer modelling 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. Further information can be obtained from Prof. Mark Rounsevell ( for LUC-ABM and Prof. Almut Arneth ( for LUC-DGVM.

Candidates should hold a PhD (or be close to completion) and have appropriate experience indicated by publications in international peer reviewed journals.

The post is full-time for an initial fixed-term of 1 year starting on 1 May 2020. There is potential for the position to be extended by a further year.
Salary: Ue07 £33,797 – £40,322 per annum
Closing date is 25 February 2020 at 5pm GMT.

Informal inquiries to Prof. Mark Rounsevell ( and Dr Peter Alexander (

Prof. Mark Rounsevell


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