Postdoc Position for Fire Regime and Vegetation Modeling

Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Closing date: 15 April 2021

The H2020 Project FirEUrisk investigates changes of fire regimes within Europe under future climate- and landuse-change. In light of expected increased fire threats across Europe, the project work will assess adaptation strategies designed to be implemented in an integrated European fire management program. These tasks require improvement of established fire- and vegetation models by employing extensive use of Remote Sensing Data for implementation of hybrid models. This will happen in close collaboration with the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing of the TU in Dresden and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center in Frankfurt/Main.

Key responsibilities:

  • Research on hybrid models for fire- and vegetation modeling, with the aid of Remote Sensing Data
  • Advancement of scenario-based simulation experiments to assess climate- and landuse-change in Europe
  • Assessing adaptation strategies for implementation in a climate-resilient European fire management program
  • Application of machine learning methods to build up and implement hybrid models into the fire-vegetation model LPJmL-SPITFIRE
  • Analysing changes of projected fire regimes and fire ecology
  • Analysis and communication of results with FirEUrisk partners


  • PhD degree in biology, environmental physics and–modelling, or general research on climate impacts
  • Expertise in analysing extensive amounts of remote sensing-, climate-, fire- and vegetation data with R and/or Python;
  • Practical experiences with Linux/Unix, High-Performance-Computing, Git, C and Shell-Skripts
  • Substantial experience with large-scale vegetation- and fire modeling as well as optimization algorithms or machine learning

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