Doctoral researcher positions at the TU Braunschweig in the Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication

Application deadline: 30 September 2022
Start of position: 01 January 2023

We offer involvement in an interesting interdisciplinary and international research project, a good academic environment with dedicated colleagues, a large degree of independence in work, and flexible working hours. TU Braunschweig is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. We explicitly encourage women to apply and preference will be given to disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications.

Project 1: Paleoclimate modelling and downscaling

3 years, 65% TVL-E13

We are seeking a highly motivated doctoral researcher for the VolkswagenFoundation-funded research project within the research network on the subject of "Climate Change and Early Humans in the North".

The state of Lower Saxony in northern Germany has an outstanding cultural heritage of early human history with internationally renowned sites such as Schöningen, Lehringen and Einhornhöhle that equally provide valuable paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate archives for novel research at the intersection of natural and archaeological sciences. With this funding initiative, the research expertise of various universities and non-university research institutions in Lower Saxony will bundle their efforts in order to gain new insights into the behavior of early humans and natural climate change in the deep past.

The first part of the PhD project relates to investigations of paleoclimatic simulations concerning the influence of changes in mean climate and atmospheric circulation during Heinrich events. An important question in this context is whether those abrupt events could also have had an impact on mid-European climate and hence also potentially the human settlements. The base for those investigations are available global paleoclimate simulations.  A second important question, operating on smaller spatial scales, is on the influence of catabatic winds from ice sheets into the foreland: The GCM simulations are too coarsely resolved to investigate these winds, but regional climate model simulations and statistical downscaling techniques will allow appropriate investigation.

For the successful implementation and completion of the PhD project, fluent knowledge of Unix (including shell-scripting) and Fortran (or any equivalent e.g. C/Python/Matlab/R) is compulsory together with a profound knowledge in the manipulation of climate model output. Highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in the use of climate models to simulate past climates, interpretation of climate and archaeological proxies and a strong interest to learn and apply sophisticated statistical methods are preferentially invited to apply.

The doctoral researcher will be located at the Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication, TU Braunschweig and work in very close collaboration with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in Geesthacht.

Please submit your application (in English) as one pdf file before 30.09.2022 to antje.schwalb(at) The application should include the following information:

  • CV
  • letter of motivation
  • transcript of records
  • certificates
  • two reference letters

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or other characteristics. Personal data is stored for the purpose of carrying out the application process.

For any further information concerning the positions, requirements and application process please contact: Prof. Dr. Antje Schwalb (antje.schwalb(at)