Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f_m_x) - Water Quality and Epidemiology

bei GFZ Potsdam
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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f_m_x) to work in the BMBF funded junior research group HI-CliF. The successful candidate will be part of a trans-disciplinary junior research group on Health Impacts of Floods, with a specific focus on developing a data-driven mechanistic model combining a contaminant transport model with exposure pathways and susceptibility/impact model on a city-level in Vietnam. The candidate should have expertise in developing epidemiological models and flood-related impact models, as well as the ability to work independently and contribute to and lead certain activities of the research group. The position is full-time and fixed-term for two years, with a start date of August 1st, 2023. The salary is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The position is generally suitable for part-time work. The place of work is Potsdam. The deadline for applications is June 18th, 2023. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.


  • Develop impact models for the spread of enteric diseases in Vietnam and integrate the health impact model into a flood risk model chain
  • Organize field work campaigns in Vietnam to determine sources of contamination (in collaboration with local partners and laboratories)
  • Organize surveys for data collection on the topic flood and health, including development of survey design, questionnaire formulation organizing field work campaigns in Germany and Vietnam
  • Develop and apply health impact model for Vietnam including writing well-documented, reusable code (Python or R)
  • Actively participate in organizing international Stakeholder meetings, workshops/summer schools, preparation of project reports
  • Present, publish and communicate research results at scientific meetings and in scholarly journals (including systematic reviews, meta-analysis)


  • Post-doctoral researcher with interest and expertise in developing epidemiological models, and flood-related impact models
  • Demonstrated relevant expertise in the form of peer-reviewed publications, PhD dissertation and projects
  • Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to and lead certain activities of the research group
  • Good writing and presentation skills - experience in writing peer-reviewed research articles are mandatory
  • Interpersonal skills to engage with international stakeholders for communicating research and obtaining feedback
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English; German language command is helpful but not mandatory


  • Opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter- and transdisciplinary research environment across the fields of flood risk, climate adaptation and public health
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
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