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Job advertisement 28 months Scientific Programmer position in Climate-Vegetation Modeling at AWI (Germany)

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28 months Scientific Programmer position in Climate-Vegetation Modeling at AWI (Germany)

28 months Scientific Programmer position in Climate-Vegetation Modeling at AWI (Germany)

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Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

The AWI is characterized by

  • our scientific success – excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation – intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job and towards other positions
  • an international environment – everyday contact with people from all over the world
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working up to 50% of regular working hours
  • health promotion and company fitness
  • support services and a culture of reconciling work and family
  • occupational pension provision (VBL)


Bremerhaven, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)

Full time


58322 - 67946 € / Year, TVÖD 13 E1-E3. Entry level depends on experiance.

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

24 June 2024

Job description

The Climate Dynamics section of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany, is now inviting applications for a Scientific Programmer. This position focuses on coupling the LPJ-Guess vegetation model with the OpenIFS general circulation model (GCM). The successful candidate will coordinate closely with Lund University and work on tuning and simulations with the AWI-ESM3 LR model.


  • Integrating the LPJ-Guess vegetation model with the OpenIFS GCM.
  • Coordinating model development and implementation strategies with Lund University.
  • Conducting tuning simulations to ensure the AWI-ESM3 LR model reflects accurate climatic and vegetative states.
  • Executing climate simulations and ensuring the accurate representation of coupled climate- vegetation interactions.
  • Collaborating with leading climate modelers and researchers from AWI and partner institutions.


  • A Master’s degree in fields such as software engineering, data science, computer science, environmental science, ecology, meteorology, or related areas. A PhD is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Fortran, C++ or another statically typed, compiled programming language.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Python, R, or another scripting language widely used for data analysis and processing.
  • Fluency in English and strong communication skills.
  • Practical experience with version control systems like git, and familiarity with software testing and documentation practices.
  • Previous experience in running or developing on the LPJ-Guess model is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with high-performance computing (HPC) systems, parallel data processing, and data formats such as netCDF, GRIB, and Zarr is highly advantageous.

Further Information
For any questions you may have, you are very welcome to get in touch with Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung (; +49-471/4831-1761) or Dr. Jan Streffing (; +49-471/4831-2479)

This is a full-time position, limited to 28months. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of employees who are women, and therefore, strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.
We look forward to your application!
Please submit your application by July 4th 2024, exclusively online.
Reference number: 24/84/D/Kli-b

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