[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD project on data-driven upscaling of permafrost carbon fluxes

Mathias Goeckede mgoeck at bgc-jena.mpg.de
Fri Feb 17 02:42:54 MST 2017

PhD project on data-driven upscaling of permafrost carbon fluxes

The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, currently 
has an opening for a PhD project starting in summer or fall of 2017. We 
seek an enthusiastic student who will explore different pathways to 
optimize the use of observational data to constrain regional to 
pan-Arctic scale carbon budgets. As a core technique, this project will 
use data-driven approaches to assimilate information from various 
ground-based and remote sensing data sources to constrain greenhouse gas 
budgets. We will test what information is needed to adequately capture 
the dominating controls for carbon fluxes within permafrost landscapes, 
and also what is required to describe their spatio-temporal variability. 
Based on the findings, modeling frameworks will be restructured to 
improve representation of ecosystem characteristics. A direct comparison 
of data-driven approaches with process-based models and atmospheric 
inversion, both of which are covered by ongoing research within this 
research group, is regarded as a first step towards integrating these 
approaches into a unified framework, and therefore maximizing data 
assimilation on carbon processes in the Arctic. More information on this 
project, including required qualifications, can be found through this link:


This position is initially funded for three years. The successful 
candidate will be enrolled as a member of our institute’s graduate 
program, the international Max Planck Research School for global 
biogeochemical cycles (IMPRS-gBGC, 
http://www.imprs-gbgc.de/index.php/Main/Home). To apply, please go to 
the IMPRS webpage 
(http://www.imprs-gbgc.de/index.php/Application/HowTo), where the 
required documentation as well as the application procedure is described 
in detail. Application deadline is March 15, 2017.

For more questions on this PhD project, please contact Dr. Mathias 
Goeckede (mathias.goeckede at bgc-jena.mpg.de).

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