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Postdoc Cascading and compounding hazards in coastal urban areas

Job Description (compounding hazards in coastal urban):

The Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), a scientific organizational entity of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, invites applications for a Postdoc, starting as soon as possible, in the research project „Risk workflow for cascading and compounding hazards in coastal urban areas – CASCO“, in the frame of the Helmholtz research programme “Changing Earth – Sustaining our Future” of the Research Field Earth and Environment. The position is limited to three years.

GERICS develops science-based prototype products and services in support to government,
administration and business in their efforts to adapt to climate change. It builds up a
national and international network structure in order to integrate existing competences and
knowledge, and to link various actors within the complex area of climate change.

In the Helmholtz research program “Changing Earth – Sustaining our Future” of the Research Field Earth and Environment, seven Helmholtz Centers (AWI, FZJ, GEOMAR, GFZ, Hereon, KIT, UFZ) are collaborating to gather deep insights into the complex relationships between the processes that take place on our planet. They are pooling their competencies to research the natural foundations of life in a systemic approach, from the land surface to the oceans and to the polar regions. For only with sound knowledge of the Earth system, with innovative technologies and strategic approaches and recommendations for politics the path to a sustainable future is possible. Within the framework of this program, the project CASCO is one of four “innovation pool projects”. These serve to strengthen the cooperation between the centers, to promote innovative ideas of young scientists, and to provide flexibility in dealing with current, socially relevant themes.

The main goal of the CASCO project is to develop new integrated methods and models for multi-hazard risk assessment of coastal urban areas, subject to extreme geophysical and climatic events. This project is carried out jointly with GFZ, GEOMAR and AWI. At GERICS we will develop a dataset of climatological hazards based on regional climate projection data, focussed on rainfall and temperature extremes. In addition, we will apply an Agent-Based model to simulate urban planning responses to extreme events.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. The position can be filled part-time in principle.

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Content-related enquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Laurens Bouwer (, or Dr. Diana Rechid (

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Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/KG 6.
Application deadline: Nov 8th, 2021

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Start of announcement08.10.2021
End of announcement08.11.2021
Institute or departmentGerics – Climate Service Center
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Applicant managementFrau Stella Knufinke

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