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PostDoc (f/m/d) Data-intensive research on riverine biodiversity and hydrology

Görlitz (Landkreis), Sachsen (DE)
Closing date
Jun 15, 2022
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Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.400 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. CASUS was founded in 2019 in Görlitz and conducts digital interdisciplinary systems research in various fields such as earth systems research, systems biology and materials research.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Earth System Science invites applications as PostDoc (f/m/d) Data-intensive research on riverine biodiversity and hydrology.

The position will be available from 1 August 2022. The employment contract is limited to three years.

Your tasks:

The successful candidate (f/m/d) will be part of a team studying how river network geometry, hydrology and water quality interact to shape freshwater fish biodiversity patterns in river systems worldwide.

  • Expand and analyze an extensive database of spatially referenced fish species occurrence records and hydrological variables

  • Develop statistical methods to fit dynamic biodiversity simulation models (e.g., dendritic neutral models) to species occurrence data

  • Employ machine learning surrogate models to replace computationally intensive biodiversity simulations in large-scale biodiversity projections

  • Publish results in academic, peer-reviewed journals

  • Present results at scientific meetings

Your profile:

  • PhD degree in Statistics, Data science, Machine learning, Quantitative ecology, or a related field

  • Experience in model-based statistical analysis and modern machine learning methods (e.g., deep neural networks)

  • Advanced programming skills in data science languages such as R, Python, and Julia

  • Excellent communication skills in English in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, manuscript writing)

  • Evidence of the ability to publish results in top peer-reviewed journals

Our offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • The employment contract is limited to three years
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • An employer subsidy for the VVO job ticket

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

For any questions, do not hesitate to ask:
Dr. Michael Bussmann Tel.: +49 3581 37523 11,
Dr. Justin Calabrese Tel.: +49 3581 37523 71,
Mr. Philipp von Haymerle Tel.: +49 3581 37523 21, +49 171 3650878

Place of work: Görlitz

Working hours: 39 h/week

Deadline: 17 June 2022

Job-Id: 2022/87 

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.

Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

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