Vacancy No. 85/2024

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

in the field of "Simulation of greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands in Germany using a GIS-based modeling framework"

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 German Peatland Science Center ( ITMS isdesigned 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 transparency of Climate Mitigation Measures.

Your tasks include:

  • improve  the biogeochemical model LandscapeDNDC ( and develop a module for the process-based modeling of organic soils
  • calibrate and evaluate the model and assess uncertainties
  • develop a GIS-based modeling framework for the federal state of Bavaria and Germany
  • calculate GHG emission inventories of organic soils for Germany with uncertainty analysis
  • interpret the model results in close collaboration with peers from both the bottom-up and top-down modeling community
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 asthe understanding of biogeochemical nutrient 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 Dr. Clemens Scheer (


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 85/2024 .
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.