Postdoc Position in Northern Carbon Dynamics

Augsburg University, Germany
Closing date: 20 September 2021

There is an opening for a 3-yr Postdoc Position in Northern Carbon Dynamics at Augsburg University (Germany) with some flexibility for the starting date.

The university is looking for a creative and self-motivated postdoc to join the research team of Prof. Buermann. Buermann’s research team carries out a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research on the human impact on the Earth system. It investigates climate variability and land surface-atmosphere interactions from regional to global scales, emerging ecosystem responses under climate change and also conducts carbon cycle studies. See Buermann’s webpage.

This postdoc will work on a project (funded by the German Research Foundation), which is focused on unravelling mechanisms of recent changes in the northern carbon cycle. A key focus of this project will be examining climate and land cover dynamics in the northern latitudes and how these link to changes in the CO2 amplitude at northern monitoring stations. The project will combine high-resolution satellite data (MODIS, Landsat) with modelling tools such as biosphere models and atmospheric transport models. The postdoc will also collaborate with the international research teams of Jun.-Prof. Forkel (TU Dresden), Dr. Thonicke (PIK Potsdam), Dr. Rödenbeck (MPI Jena), Prof. Friedl (Boston University) and Dr. Keeling (Scripps, San Diego).

Specific tasks of the position include:

  • Analysis and evaluation of high-res. satellite data
  • Synthesis of observational and model-based analysis
  • Advancing understanding of carbon cycle science in the North
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings
  • Publishing of results in scientific journals
  • Possible mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

Required qualifications:

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application in any field of geo-, earth system or climate sciences

Preferred qualifications:

  • Proficient coding skills in at least one of: R, Matlab, Python, Fortran, IDL
  • Knowledge about climate, plant ecology and/or the carbon cycle
  • Experience with satellite observations would be a further plus
  • Both numerical and communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to publish results in relevant journals
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team

Contract duration: Up to 36 months.
Starting date: The position is available from Oct 2021 and will remain open until filled.
Salary: Competitive salary with full social and health benefits, commensurate with work experience.

For questions about this position please contact Prof. Buermann ( Augsburg University promotes the professional equality of women. Female candidates are explicitly invited to submit their application. Augsburg University stands up for compatibility of family and professional life. For more information, please contact the woman’s representative office. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

Please submit your comprehensive application (personal research abstract, CV, study certificates, main publications, two reference contacts) as a single PDF-document by 20. September 2021 via email to:
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Buermann
Universität Augsburg
Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie mit Schwerpunkt Klimaforschung
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik
Alter Postweg 118
86159 Augsburg


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