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Postdoc position on forest ecosystem modelling

Postdoc position on forest ecosystem modelling

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)

KIT-Campus Alpin


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

starting date:

as soon as possible


Dr. Nadine Ruehr

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research / Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), KIT-Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for a:

Postdoc position on forest ecosystem modelling

The position is within the Plant Ecophysiology research group and contributes to the DFG-funded project: "Forests out of balance: Impacts of extreme events on carbon and water cycling". The research focus lies on the impact of extreme summer drought events on forest carbon and water dynamics. Because the frequencies of extreme climate events are increasing globally with yet unknown consequences for forest ecosystems, a process-based model (LandscapeDNDC) will be applied to estimate pine forest responses to repeated, extreme drought events. To improve tree physiological stress responses in the model, a tree hydraulic routine will be implemented a priori. Model refinement and evaluation is facilitated through existing observational and experimental data.


Professional requirements are PhD degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, biogeochemistry, biology, atmospheric science, physics, or a related field.

English language proficiency and the proven ability to write scientific publications and to work with large datasets are required. Assets are a familiarity with programming, ecosystem models, biogeochemical cycles or plant physiology. An inclination towards teamwork and collaborations with other scientists are expected.


We offer

An interessting research position in an active team within a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research environment with excellent research infrastructure and support, well connected to national and international programmes. A vibrant and friendly, international research environment in the beautiful surroundings of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (https://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/institute.php). The salary will be equivalent to the public service TV-L, depending on qualifications and experience. The appointment will be for 2 years.

Enquiries and applications including a short statement of motivation, CV, certificates, thesis abstract, list of publications (if any) and contact information of two professional referees can be directed (in one single pdf) to

Dr. Nadine Rühr
Email: nadine.ruehr(at)kit.edu

KIT-Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU), Kreuzeckbahnstr. 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Applications arriving before May 15th, 2019 will be given full consideration, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

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.