Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f_m_x) – Data and model interoperability in flood modelling
Reference Number 6926
The section Hydrology develops flood risk models covering the processes from the atmospheric forcing through catchment processes, flood routing and inundation to damage. We develop and apply models to quantify flood risk under current and global change conditions, to evaluate risk reduction measures and to provide near-real-time information in case of extreme events.
The section is part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded project DIRECTED (DISASTER RESILIENCE FOR EXTREME CLIMATE EVENTS PROVIDING INTEROPERABLE DATA, MODELS, COMMUNICATION AND GOVERNANCE), which aims at the improvement of compound disaster modelling and management in the EU, taking 4 study areas in Denmark, Germany, Italy and the Danube basin as real-world labs. Within the project, the section leads a work package dealing with data and model interoperability for an improved disaster modelling, forecast and management throughout Europe using different data and models.
We seek a postdoctoral research scientist to coordinate the work of several European partners in this work package. Furthermore, the candidate will engage in flood modelling in several of the real-world labs using the hydraulic model RIM2D developed by the section Hydrology. This will be done in close collaboration with the stakeholders, i.e. the authorities responsible for disaster management of the study regions. Furthermore, the candidate will be engaged in the development of the in-house Regional Flood Model (RFM), which simulates the whole flood process chain from rainfall to damage for flood risk assessments.
The successful candidate should have the vision and ability to participate in collaborative and interdisciplinary research activities and discussions, coordinate the work within the work package and communicate and report to the European funding agency. The candidate is also expected to closely collaborate with external partners, and present, publish and communicate research results at scientific meetings and in scholarly journals.
- Coordinate the work of several European partners in the project dealing with data and model interoperability
- Engage in the theory of model and data interoperability and define model interfaces to link the GFZ models to the data and model warehouse developed in the project
- Work with stakeholders of the real-world labs to implement the hydraulic model RIM2D/RFM in different settings
- Develop semi-automated workflows for the in-house Regional Flood Model (RFM) by improving operability between data and model components
- Present, publish and communicate research results
- Write deliverables and report to the EU funding agency
- Master's degree or equivalent, PhD in Geoinformatics, Data Science, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or related fields (e.g. Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics)
- Experience with executing simulation models and high-performance computing
- Experience with simulation models for flooding and other natural hazards is an asset
- Experience with data management and software version control (Git)
- Basic knowledge of programming languages and systems used in sub-models (Python, R, Postgres, CUDA Fortran)
- Expertise in coordinating/managing research projects, particularly EU projects, is an asset
- Demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary teamwork and communication skills
- Ability to communicate in English fluently (German language command is helpful but not mandatory)
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 benefit@work
- Institute day-care centre on site
- Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
Fixed-term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam
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