Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d) for the project "InfraStructure for dAta-BasEd Learning in environmental sciences (ISABEL)"

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Germany

June 10, 2022

Description

together unique

Organizational unit

Institute for Water and River Basin Management (IWG)

Job description

The amount and diversity of digitally available environmental data is continuously increasing. However, they are often hardly accessible or scientifically usable. The datasets frequently lack sufficient metadata description, are stored in a variety of data formats, and are still saved on local storage devices instead of data portals or repositories.

Based on the existing virtual research environment V-FOR-WaTer, the project ISABEL aims at making this data abundance available in an easy-to-use web portal. Environmental scientists get access to data from different sources, e.g. state offices or university projects, and can share their own data through the portal. Integrated tools help to easily pre-process and scale the data and make them available in a consistent format. Further tools for more complex scientific analyses will be included. The possibility to store workflows together with the tools and respective data ensures reproducible data analysis. Additionally, interfaces with existing data repositories will enable easy publication of the scientists' data directly from the portal. ISABEL addresses the needs of researchers of hydrology and environmental science to not only find and access datasets but also conduct efficient data- based learning with standardised tools and reproducible workflows.

ISABEL rests on a close collaboration between the Institute of Water and River Basin Management (IWG) and the Steinbuch Computing Centre (SCC) at KIT. We are looking complete our existing team of computer scientists and hydrologists by two new colleagues at SCC and two PhD candidates and one software developer at IWG. The two PhD students at IWG will do complementary research and development, while the developer will support the implementation of their models and tools into the V-FOR-WaTer infrastructure.

The successful PhD candidate will explore the use of state-of-the-art methods and model concepts to analyze and predict multifaceted environmental hydrological variables and fluxes using the V-FOR-WaTer research environment. A key technical aspect is the integration of tools that allow a combination of established, theory-based model results with those from data-driven models. Strong emphasis will be put on the assessment of methods for data quality and model uncertainty.

Based on the project work, the candidate will have the opportunity to pursue a PhD.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

You have

  • A Master's degree either in hydrology, geoecology, environmental sciences, (geo-) physics, or civil engineering.
  • Experience in environmental modelling and use of Geographic Information Systems.
  • Strong interest in connecting hydrological models with a virtual research environment.
  • Good programming skills (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB, Fortran, C++)
  • Good writing and oral communication skills in English.
  • The ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Salary

    The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L E13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

    Contract duration

    limited to 3 years

    Application up to

    June 15, 2022

    Contact person in line-management

    For further information, please contact Dr. Sibylle Haßler, email: sibylle.hassler@kit.edu.

    Application

    Please send your application including a detailed CV, scans of degree certificates, a letter of motivation, and contact information for two referees in electronic form to: sibylle.hassler@kit.edu

    vacancy number: 2098/2022

    We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

    Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

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