PhD position for vegetation-climate interactions/global carbon cycle studies

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The newly founded Chair for Physical Geography and Climate Science carries out a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate. It investigates climate variability and land surface-atmosphere interactions from regional to global scales and emerging ecosystem responses under climate change. While the group tries to enhance our understanding of the role of the biosphere in the Earth system, a special focus lies on plant responses and associate feedbacks under climate change.

The topics to be addressed by the open PhD positions may include but are not limited to

  • analyses of emerging ecosystem responses under climate change, using established and novel Earth observations
  • climate-vegetation-carbon interactions under climate change (e.g. land surface feedbacks, extreme events, negative emission scenarios)
  • application and comprehensive assessment of biosphere and coupled climate models (e.g. TRENDY, CMIP6)

The scientist will become members of a dynamic team of researchers with ample opportunity for designing their own projects and for networking. The team is strongly involved in international projects and offers in-house expertise on local and large-scale climate change studies with both observational (e.g. satellite Earth observations) and modelling perspectives. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist with research institutions in close proximity in the greater Munich area.

Applicants for the PhD position should have a Master Degree in a natural or physical science subject (physics, geography, environmental science, ecology or similar); good programming skills (such as fortran, python, R); and excellent communication skills in English is a plus. Training or experience in climate and/or vegetation modelling/studies is highly desirable, but not essential.