Göthe Universtät Frankfurt: Research Scientist

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Göthe Universtät Frankfurt: Research Scientist

Within the new DFG research unit „GlobalCDA“, the Chair of Hydrology at Goethe University Frankfurt invites applications for (initially) three-year positions of

1) Research Scientist for Global Hydrological Modeling and project coordination
(Postdoc, 100% E13 TV-G-U)

2) Research Scientist for Global Hydrological Modeling
(Ph.D. student, 100% E13 TV-G-U)

Contract terminability is according to “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz“ and “Hessisches Hochschulgesetz“. Hiring is contingent on approval of funding. The earliest starting date is 1 March 2018.

The Working Group Hydrology is a worldwide leading research group in the field of global hydrological modeling. Applying and further developing the global water resources and use model WaterGAP, a major aim is to achieve an improved assessment of water scarcity and water-related risks due to climate variability and human impacts, in particular water use and climate change.

The research scientists will be part of the interdisciplinary DFG research unit GlobalCDA (Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and remote sensing information with modelling using a calibration/data assimilation approach) which is coordinated at the Chair of Hydrology. Eight other research groups from remote sensing/geodesy and hydrological modeling are involved in the research unit. The main objective is to develop a methodology for utilizing multiple types of observational data (river discharge, GRACE gravity and various other remote sensing data) by means of calibration and data assimilation (C/DA) of WaterGAP to enable an improved quantification of the dynamics of water fluxes and storages. During the first phase (three years) of the research unit, the method will be developed and tested for large river basins. During the envisaged second phase (three years), a globalscale approach should be implemented. Within the sub-project of Goethe University, the Postdoc will contribute to the design of C/DA and will characterize uncertainties, generate WaterGAP model variants, analyze and validate model results and coordinate the research unit. The Ph.D. student continues the development of a global gradient-based groundwater model and its implementation into WaterGAP. This is supported by an expert from USA which is involved in the project as Mercator Fellow. Furthermore, the Ph.D. student will implement an existing floodplain inundation model into the current WaterGAP version.

For your research, you can count on your colleagues and the working group leader. Specific activities in the research unit support interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and your professional development. Further training and support is offered by the graduate academy GRADE of Goethe University.

A prerequisite for hiring is a very good Ph.D. degree for the Postdoc position, and a Master degree in hydrology, hydrogeology, meteorology, physical geography, environmental science, civil engineering, computer science or a similar discipline for the Ph.D. position (minimum grade of 2.0). Experiences with mathematical modeling, programming and data analysis and very good analytic skills are essential. Persons who are enthusiastic about research, show initiative and enjoy working in a team would fit well into our working group.

The Goethe University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women to apply. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.

Please send your application until 28 January 2018 per email as a single pdf file containing the cover letter (including motivation and fit), curriculum vitae, certificates, abstract of Ph.D./Master thesis and the contact details of two references to Prof. Dr. Petra Döll (hydrology@em.uni-frankfurt.de, Tel. 069/798-40219, http://www.unifrankfurt.de/45217668/dl).

Stellenausschreibung (PDF)