Scientific researcher (m/f/x) modeling and assessing terrestrial Carbon Dioxide Removal approaches

Faculty of Geosciences - The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems
Start date
December 2021
Application deadline
27 Oct 2021
Remuneration group
TV-L E13
Contract duration
The position is offered for three years.

The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems carries out fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate via land use. It will lead, pending final project confirmation, the synthesis, transfer and coordination project for the BMBF funding line on Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). Further information.

To limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement's goals, greenhouse gas neutrality needs to be reached within the next few decades. This will likely require CDR in addition to emissions reductions. Projects in the BMBF program on terrestrial, geological and material-based CDR and a parallel program on marine CDR methods aim to provide a systematic and comprehensive science basis of potentials, implementability, risks and side-effects in the Earth system of various CDR methods and pathways, and will investigate feedbacks with other Sustainable Development Goals. The CDR program aims to enhance the research capacities in Germany for CDR, strengthen the links between research and other stakeholders, and provide an adequate science basis for political decision-making in research- and climate-policy.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Scientific Researcher will conduct innovative research in the field of land-based carbon dioxide removal such as afforestation, forestry and bioenergy. The Scientific Researcher will perform state-of-the-art assessments of these and basic ocean-based methods' potentials to take up CO2 and side-effects on climate and ecosystem functioning. Tasks comprise

  • developing the ICON/MPI Earth System Model and its land surface component JSBACH for a better representation of CDR methods
  • setting up, running and analyzing ESM simulations for individual and portfolio CDR approaches
  • contributing to the development of the comprehensive evaluation framework for CDR methods by developing the relevant aspects for Earth system impacts
  • coordinating the dialogue with the program's individual joint projects assessing CDR potentials, risks and side-effects to transfer their results to the evaluation framework
  • leading the analysis and writing of publications
  • providing the expertise on modelling land-based CDR approaches to an interdisciplinary team.


  • a PhD in a natural or physical science subject (physics, geography, ecology or similar)
  • good programming skills (such as fortran, python)
  • excellent communication skills in English, proven also by scientific publications
  • interest in working as part of an interdisciplinary team or with non-academic stakeholders.
  • Training or experience in Earth system modeling is highly desirable, but not essential.


The Scientific Researcher will become a member of a dynamic team around research, coordination and transfer of the CDR synthesis project and many other projects at the chair for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems. The team is strongly involved in large international collaborations such as the Global Carbon Project, AIMES, and the IPCC/CMIP6. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist with research institutions in the greater Munich area.
The position is offered for three years starting December 2021.

Your work place will be located in central Munich and is easy to reach by public transport. We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development.

Payment will be in accordance with TV-L E13. Part-time work is in principle possible. We encourage female candidates to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references) by Oct 27, 2021 by e-mail (one PDF-attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) with subject "CDR-ScR-2021" .

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz.

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