Researcher (post-doc) in Tropical Forest Monitoring and Carbon…

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Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,400 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth. As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities. For our Sectiom Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (department Geodesy) we are looking for a:
Reference Number 7037

The section strives to establish remote sensing as a core method for Earth Sciences and geo- and nature-based solutions. The candidate will be able to draw from the broad expertise and projects within the section, enhance collaboration and contribute to an innovative environment for a diverse group of people and ideas. Do you want to know more about our work? Check out our page with news, recent publications, and projects.

The candidate is expected to focus on improving tropical forest and carbon monitoring and assessments using Earth Observation data.

Your responsibilities:

  • The application of different datasets, data processing, data visualization and analysis for large area assessments on of carbon stock changes in degraded and regrowing (sub-)tropical forests
  • Cooperation with different international partners (i.e. WRI, CIAT) and initiatives in the context of different national settings
  • Contribution to innovative ideas as part of several research projects of the Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics Section

Your qualifications:

  • A Master`s degree or equivalent, a proven scientific track record and research vision that she/he can pursue as part of this researcher position
  • A Ph.D. degree (or almost completed) with a proven international scientific track record in the field of forest remote sensing and carbon monitoring, large-area data analysis (incl. cloud computing) or a closely related scientific field
  • A vision of how new EO approaches can improve tropical forest monitoring
  • Experiences in working in international research partnerships (i.e. IPCC) and projects
  • An open mind for collaborative research and connecting different fields
  • Keen to engage in international research partnership and work with tropical country stakeholders
  • An international scientific profile and can interact with professionals and societal partners in the development of research and outreach

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: post-doc researcher position for 4 years
Salary: assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost).” The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); the position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Place of work: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by [email protected]
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?
If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  15th February 2023. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Martin Herold via email at [email protected] . If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

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