Minimize Project Officer for assessing climate change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems in sensitive regions

Date added: 24 July 2019

Organisation: EC

Location: Ispra, Italy


This JRC vacancy is within the Bio-Economy Unit, (located in Ispra, Italy), which provides scientific support to EU policies related to the bio-economy such as the sustainable production as well as the use of biological resources and the conversion to value added products, such as food, feed, bioenergy and bio-based products.

We are looking for a scientist to assess the impacts of accelerating climate warming in sensitive regions of the world, specifically Arctic-Boreal and arid zones, on the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems.

The successful candidate will use observations from satellites as well as ground-networks alongside outputs from inverse modelling to quantify recent changes in ecosystem productivity, surface albedo, and carbon budget in response to climate change. In addition, the researcher will contribute to the analysis of model ensembles (e.g. TRENDY) and to the application of a land surface model (Community Land Model) to characterize the impacts of future climate change on the terrestrial greenhouse gas budgets of CO2 and CH4, primary productivity, permafrost thaw, and on structural properties of terrestrial ecosystems. The scientist will interact and network with other JRC units, with other EC services as well as with external collaborators, and is expected to document the research and publish its results, including broad communication to policy makers and stakeholders.


  • The ideal candidate should have a PhD in environmental sciences, environmental physics, climatology, environmental engineering, ecosystem modelling or related field (or a University degree and 5 years of experience after the university degree giving access to doctoral studies).
  • Experience with the processing of large sets of Earth Observation, environmental and/or climate data is required.
  • Experience in the fields of remote sensing of vegetation, climate and/or land surface modelling (in particular with the CESM/CLM model), ecosystem biogeochemistry, permafrost processes, high-latitude environments, or plant ecology will be considered an asset.
  • Technical expertise in programming, in particular with Fortran and scripting languages like R and/or Python, as well as broad communication skills and knowledge of relevant EU policies will also be considered an asset.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, with good knowledge of spoken and written English (B2) are required.
  • Relevant publications and presentations are seen as essential and should be highlighted.

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