Postdoc on paleoclimate & environmental reconstruction, Heidelberg, Germany

A postdoctoral position is available within the research project "State and timescale-dependency of past climate variability from the last Glacial to present day" funded by the Emmy Noether program of the German Research Foundation at Heidelberg University, Germany.


The position is initially offered for two years, starting on 1 October 2018, or soon therafter, with possibility for renewal. Payment will be in accordance with experience following the German public service positions (TVöD E13), which includes social security plans. Conditions of employment follow the rules of Heidelberg University and the German civil service.


The successful candidate will develop a multi-proxy inverse modeling framework to provide paleoclimate proxy-based constraints on the amplitudes of past climatic and environmental change. Starting with existing Bayesian Hierarchical models, forward models for pollen, speleothems and ice cores are assessed and extended. A clean and modular formulation of these models form the basis for a successful inversion of these models, to provide multi-proxy constrained estimates for past temperature and precipitation changes. This challenging task, at the forefront of data-based paleoclimate science, requires a background in statistics, and programing skills, and, ideally, experience in Bayesian inference.


You have, or are close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of physics, mathematics, environmental and geophysical sciences. You have experience in statistics, numerical techniques, programing skills, and a strong motivation to carry out research in an interdisciplinary team.


Applications are due 15 August 2018.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a CV, a short statement of research interests, a list of publications and the names and contact details of two potential references in one pdf-file (max 1 0 MB) to Kira Rehfeld This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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