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Modeller: Biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems

Modeller: Biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Atmospheric Environmental Research


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

starting date:

as soon as possible


PD Dr. Ralf Kiese



Biogeochemical cycles in terrestrial ecosystems

We seek to fill the position of a modeller/ programmer in the Bio-geo-chemical Processes division, based in KIT’s Campus Alpin, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. (www.imk-ifu.kit.edu).

Main tasks include:

  • to further develop and evaluate the process-based LandscapeDNDC model and contribute to model code documentation, maintenance and version control; mainly in the framework of the BMBF funded research project SUSALPS focusing on impacts of climate and land management changes on montane grassland carbon and nitrogen cycling
  • to contribute to the division’s research projects and publications by setting-up and performing model runs, and to analyse and visualize model output;

The main development language is C++, while other scripting languages like Python are also used. LandscapeDNDC is run on an in-house Linux cluster as well as on Mac and Windows workstations.

Research addressed in the division broadly cover impacts of changes in climate, atmospheric deposition and land use and land management on bio-geo-chemical and water cycles of the terrestrial biosphere at various temporal and spatial scales by use of experimental and modelling approaches. The work is done in close collaboration with a number of national and international partners.

We offer: a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative and friendly team, well connected to national and international programs. Salary and benefits will be based on the Collective Agreement for the German Public Service Sector. Appointment will be initially for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension, depending on availability of funds.

Required qualifications: The work suits natural scientists (e.g., environmental sciences, geoecology, physics or chemistry) with skills in programming, or programmers with interest in environmental sciences on M.Sc. or Ph.D. level. The appointee must be willing to travel and have very good spoken and written skills in communicating in the English language. Expertise in C++, or equivalent programming language is required.

Application: the usual documentation (curriculum vitae, certificates, list of publications, short outline of career interests, and the contact information for two professional referees) shall be addressed to:

PD Dr. Ralf Kiese, e-mail: ralf.kiese(at)kit.edu

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19; 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Complete applications received by 30 November 2016 will receive full consideration, the selected candidate should ideally start as early as possible.

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 will be treated with preference.