Postdocs in land-use change modelling and ecosystem/biodiversity modelling


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU)


Friday, June 30, 2017

Start Date

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Helmholtz Association is providing long-term investment for a Research Group on Land Use Change at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ( The Research Group aims to advance knowledge of the causes and consequences of change in socio-ecological systems from local to global scales (see: We are currently recruiting two postdoctoral researchers in the fields of

a) Land Use Change Modelling and, b) Ecosystem/Biodiversity Modelling.

The position on Land Use Change Modelling will work on the following specific questions:

  • How can we model the economic, social and environmental drivers of land use change?
  • What are the key dynamics within the land system across spatial scales including, amongst others, tele-connections between regions, indirect land use change, intensification and extensification?
  • What multiple goals can be achieved through alternative land use configurations at the food-energy-water nexus?

The position on Ecosystem/Biodiversity Modelling will work on the following specific questions:

  • How can we model the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning?
  • How does land-use change & climate change affect ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service provision, and how do changes in ecosystem function affect levels of biodiversity?
  • What are the synergies and trade-offs in the provision of land-based ecosystem services?

The positons are offered for 3 years in the first place, with the potential for extension by a further 3 years, subject to performance and funding. The positions also entail some contribution to teaching and group administration. Salary will be equivalent to the public service TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience.

You will have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) and demonstrable strong quantitative skills in computer modelling and the analysis of large-scale datasets in the environmental sciences (GIS experience alone is insufficient). Experience with statistical analysis, scenario analysis, ecological economics, computational social sciences and/or modelling the links between ecosystem functions and biodiversity is desirable. Candidates should be familiar with a programming language (Java, C++, Fortran or equivalent) and have experience with high-end computing. You will need to have proficiency in the English language, both spoken and in writing.

Applications should be sent by email to Prof Mark Rounsevell (mark.rounsevell(at) by 30 June 2017, quoting the reference number LUCRG0003.

Please send a copy of your CV including a publication list (with citations), a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees, all within a single PDF document. The motivation letter should clearly state how your research interests relate to the job specification provided above.
Applications that are incomplete or do not address these criteria will not be considered. Interviews will be held on 20-21 July 2017.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. Mark Rounsevell (mark.rounsevell(at) & Prof. Almut Arneth (almut.arneth(at)

KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications from persons with handicaps are treated preferentially.

Contact Name

Prof. Mark Rounsevell

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