PhD position for modeling European land use emissions (m/f/d)

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich is one of the largest and most renowned universities in Germany. The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems carries out fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate via land use. It investigates land surface-atmosphere interactions from regional to global scale regarding both biophysical (energy, water) and carbon cycle effects. While the group tries to foster our understanding of the role of global land use and, more broadly, vegetation dynamics for the historical climate system, a special focus lies on land use as a tool to mitigate future climate change.

Activities and responsibilities

The successful applicant will work on the Horizon 2020 project VERIFY (Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions). The aim is to develop a data-rich model of land use emissions on European scale. To this end an existing bookkeeping model (BLUE) will be extended to high resolution and novel observation-based datasets of land use change and carbon dynamics. Beyond this project, the candidate will have considerable latitude in defining their own research questions within the area of the global carbon cycle.

The candidate will become a member of a dynamic team of researchers with ample opportunity for networking with the international modeling and observational communities. The team is strongly involved in large international projects such as the Global Carbon Project and the IPCC/CMIP6 coupled climate carbon cycle/land use model intercomparison projects (C4MIP, LUMIP). The Department of Geography offers in-house expertise on local laboratory studies and remote sensing. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist with research institutions in the greater Munich area.

Qualification profile

Applicants for the PhD position should have a master degree in a natural or physical science subject (physics, meteorology, physical geography, ecology or similar); strong quantitative skills; experience in programming (such as bash, python); and excellent communication skills in English.

Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including an informative cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees including grades, and the names and contact information of two references) by April 14, 2019, by e-mail (one PDF-attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) to


The position is offered for three years starting July 2019 or later. Your work place will be located in central Munich and is easy to reach by public transport or bike. Payment will be in accordance with TV-L E13, 65%. We encourage female candidates to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

Send application to

Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz (

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: lmuGeo

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