PhD candidate, historic land cover/use modeling, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The research group on Land Use Change at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Geoinformation Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, is currently looking for a PhD candidate in historic land cover/use change and aboveground biomass modeling.

Description

The research group aims to advance knowledge of the causes and consequences of change in socio-ecological systems from local to global scales.

The PhD candidate will work on improved maps of European land cover/use and its changes for the last century and build upon previous work using the Historic Land Dynamics Assessment (HILDA) model.

The aim of the research is to provide innovative high-resolution land cover/use change maps for the last century with a new level of detail (thematically, spatially and temporally) that can be linked with various land management and aboveground biomass activities to assess recent trends in the management of the land surface as part of the Earth system.

Logistics

The Land Use Change group at IMK-IFU in Garmisch-Partenkrichen and the Laboratory for Geoinformation Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University will jointly supervise the PhD position. The PhD candidate will be based in IMK-IFU (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but will be registered at Wageningen University and the related Graduate School under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Herold. The PhD candidate will therefore make regular work visits to Wageningen (the costs of which will be covered by IMK-IFU).

The position will be offered for four years. Evaluation of progress will be made after one year to assess the candidate's potential to continue in subsequent years. The PhD candidate will receive an IMK-IFU stipend of between 1000 and 1365 EUR/month depending on qualifications and experience (basic amount). In addition, the stipend will cover 50% of health insurance costs, and a family allowance, depending on family situation (incl. support for childcare and financial support for children).

Requirements

The group seeks a motivated researcher with an MSc degree in a relevant discipline such as Environmental Science, Geography, Geoinformation Science and Remote Sensing or Ecology. The candidate should have a strong background in quantitative skills related to modeling and the analysis of large-scale datasets in the environmental sciences or land change science (GIS experience alone is insufficient). Candidates should be familiar with a programing language (e.g. Python). Experience with land remote sensing approaches and datasets, statistical analysis, scenario analysis, ecological economics, computational social sciences and/or high-end computing are desirable. You will be proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.

Applications

Applications should be sent by email to Prof Mark Rounsevell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 January 2018, quoting the reference number LUCRG0004.

Please send a copy of your CV including a publication list, a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation, a copy of relevant certificates and study diplomas, all within a single PDF document [your surname_LUCRG004.pdf].

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 5 February 2018.

Further information

Further information can be obtained from Dr Richard Fuchs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Prof Mark Rounsevell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.