Scientist/ Postdoctoral Researcher

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This position is part of the Helmholtz-Initiative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation (HI-CAM). Climate extremes and their impacts intensify in urban regions: urban heat islands, droughts, storms and floods impair human health, green and built infrastructure. The research will provide a comprehensive assessment of climate related risks for a number of key cities that suffer from climate extremes (e.g. Berlin, Cologne).

Your responsibilities:

  • use new dendrochronology methods (in particular tree-ring widths, wood anatomical features and stable isotopes);
  • reconstruct and model the spatial distribution and spatio-temporal evolution of urban heat islands (UHI) for the last 100 years in Berlin and Cologne.

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PhD in the field of biology, ecology or related fields (e.g. geography, vegetation science);
  • experience with tree-ring data analysis and the writing of scientific publications;
  • experience in analyzing wood anatomy and stable isotope data and their use for climate reconstructions;
  • experience in exploration of monitoring data (environmental and tree growth) to study the correlation between climate and tree physiology;
  • experience in modeling climate and the urban heat island effects.