Research Analyst on land-climate-economy interactions with PhD opportunity

Deadline: July 15
Starting date: September 2019
Location: Berlin, Germany
Terms: Fixed term contract (66% over 3 years, or equivalent to a full PhD position)

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The LAMACLIMA project

The position is under the AXIS LAMACLIMA project, an international research consortium together with CICERO, VU Amsterdam, VU Brussels, LMU Munich, PIK Potsdam and ETH Zurich led by Climate Analytics. The objective of the LAMACLIMA project is to advance the scientific and public understanding of coupled effects between land cover and land management (LCLM) and climate and to elaborate sustainable land-based adaptation and mitigation measures. We will unravel the potential of future scenarios to achieve both the Paris Agreement as well as several key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will investigate the local and remote biogeophysical and biogeochemical effects of three key changes in LCLM (re/afforestation, irrigation and wood harvest) on climate and their implications for several sectors (agriculture, water availability, forestry and economic productivity). The outcome of these analyses will serve as a basis to develop a lightweight tool (emulator) to support land use decision making. This web-based, open source tool will be used to collect feedback from stakeholders (NGOs, industry, public institutions, etc.), and serve as a basis for a small number of them to help the project partners uncover ‘optimised’ scenarios in terms of LCLM, SDGs and associated future climate targets, in order to better support integrated assessment of the land-climate-economy nexus.

Job Description

We’re looking for a motivated Research Analyst (with PhD opportunity) for the development of an Emulator for the Interactions between Land Use, Climate and the Economy.

You will be responsible for the design and programming of the emulator (lightweight tool) representing the spatially explicit relationships between changes in land cover and land management, climate, food production, water availability and economic indicators, based on results from consortium partners and existing literature. The development of the emulator will be in close cooperation with the group of Prof. Sonia Seneviratne at ETH Zurich. Via a simple web interface, non-scientific stakeholders should be able to use the emulator to learn more about the processes it will depict, and help develop future scenarios for land cover and land management complementing the existing Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) during dedicated workshops. The emulator shall also be fitted for coupling w+ith other models – such as Integrated Assessment Models – in order for these to integrate the relationships represented in the emulator. Once operational, the emulator will enable the rapid exploration of a range of interdisciplinary research questions on the integrated land-climate-economy effects without having to conduct additional simulations from Earth System and economic models.
The position would allow for pursuing a PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Sonia Seneviratne from ETH Zurich with the option of achieving a doctoral title from ETH Zurich.

Your Profile

You will ideally have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Good knowledge of climate science and preferentially of land-climate interactions, climate impacts, challenges related to land use and climate change, possibly of (agricultural) economics.
  • Strong programming skills, experience with Python. Programming of web interfaces is an asset.
  • A MSc in climate or environmental science, physical Geography, Physics, Applied Statistics, Informatics or related fields. Candidates with ambition to pursue a PhD are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills.
  • Interest in knowledge brokerage and inter-disciplinary work.
  • Motivated and flexible, with the ability to work closely with team members and in contact with project and external partners.
  • Willingness to travel to scientific conferences and project meeting.

We can offer a positive and inspiring working atmosphere in an international team located in the heart of Berlin, as well as insights into the international climate change negotiations and our support work for the Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.

Conditions

Deadline: July 15
Starting date: September 2019
Location: Berlin, Germany
Terms: Fixed term contract (66% over 3 years, or equivalent to a full PhD position)

Please specify in your application whether you would favour pursuing a PhD under this project or not. To apply, send your CV, cover letter, publication list, and a list of two referees.

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