Vacancy No. 86/2024

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

in the field of “Modeling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural and Forest Systems of Germany - Agri-For-Live"

Job description

The announced position is to be occupied in our Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMKIFU) in Garmisch-Patenkirchen. It is embedded in the BMBF-funded collaborative project "Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring for Germany (ITMS," and will be carried out in close collaboration with the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Thünen Institute. ITMS is designed to enable Germany to operationally monitor the sources and sinks of the three most important greenhouse gases (GHG) CO2, CH₄ & N₂O via an independent integrative measurement and modeling approach. The collaboration project will support data-driven GHG monitoring and increase the transperency of climate mitigation measures.

The joint project Agri-For-Live deals with three central aspects of ITMS:

  • high temporal and spatial resolution of activity data from agriculture, forestry and land use (AFOLU)
  • emmision of greenhouse gases (GHG) from livestock farming
  • biogeochemical modelling of GHG exchange processes in agricultural and forestry ecosystems to improve the spatial and temporal resolution of bottom-up GHG inventories

For more inforamtion, please see the Agri-For-Live website: 

Your tasks include:

  • improve the biogeochemical model LandscapeDNDC ( and develop a module for the process-based modeling of  N₂O freeze-thaw events
  • calibrate and evaluate the model based on inforamtions gained in N₂O stable isotope measurements
  • compile input datasets with different spatial and temporal aggregations for two federal states
  • apply LandscapeDNDC at the state and national scale
  • carry out uncertainty analyses by comparing the model simulations of LandscapeDNDC when using input data in different spatial and temporal resolutions
  • interpret and discuss model results in close collaborations with ITMS project partners
Personal qualification

You have a university degree (PhD) in physics, environmental sciences, geoecology, chemistry or any related field. We also expect sound programming skills (e.g. C/C++, Fortran, SVN, Git, Python, R, Bash) and experience in ecosystem modelling.  Existing knowledge of spatial analysis and GIS systems as well as the understanding of biogeochemical carbon and nitrogen cycles in plant-soil systems is an advantage. Further we expect english language proficiency, the ability to write scientific publications as well as strong communication skills and teamwork.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMKIFU)

Starting date


Contract duration

limited up to three years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact PD Dr. Ralf Kiese (


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 86/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms Rink
phone: +49 721 608-23142,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.