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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty VI - Institute of Ecology / Climatology

Research Assistant (PostDoc) - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

part-time employment may be possible

Work­ing field:

The tasks include the planning and implementation of the scientific work in the research project " Open Urban Climate Observatory Berlin for environmental research and applications (openUCO)". The project is funded by the Berlin University Alliance (BUA). There are four weekly hours of teaching load within a semester, which have to be done in the form of student projects with thematic references to the research project.

Berlin's population has increased significantly over the last decade and is now one of the EU's most populated cities. Urban growth comes at a price including contrasting changes in urban climate compared to the rural surrounding. Negative effects influencing health conditions of urban population follow and are enhanced by climate change, e.g. trends in heat wave occurrence and duration. The urban spatial heterogeneity leads to a distinct variation in climatic variables, which require observations at much higher spatial resolution than traditional networks can deliver at reasonable cost and effort. To better capture the spatial variability of air temperature and precipitation, the project implements weather observations according to the Citizen Science concept into an existing scientific measurement network, the Urban Climate Observatory Berlin (UCO Berlin). The measuring stations (MESSI) used for this purpose have been developed and tested at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin for use within Citizen Science projects. The 100 MESSI are set up and maintained by city residents, especially allotment gardeners. The data obtained will be used to evaluate high-resolution precipitation data by means of weather radar measurements as well as analyses of the spatial variability of air temperature. Furthermore, scientific questions are to be developed within a co-creation approach together with interested but possibly non-specialist citizens and processed based on the data obtained here. The collected atmospheric data will be made freely available via the UCO Berlin.

For further details on the position or the research project, please contact the project’s Principle Investigators, Dr. Fred Meier, and Dr. Marco Otto,


We are looking for a candidate (d/m/w) who is highly motivated to pursue and solve challenging scientific questions using citizen science concepts. The successful candidate needs to satisfy the following requirements:
  • Successfully completed scientific university studies (Master, Diploma or equivalent) in the field of environmental sciences with PhD ("PostDoc").
  • Specific expertise in climatology and environmental meteorology relevant to experimental studies of the near-surface atmosphere based on measured data.
  • Experience in teaching of university courses in the field of environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of statistical modeling for the evaluation of atmospheric variables, especially in a spatial context.
  • Knowledge and experience in programming software solutions for the acquisition, processing, analysis, and visualization of experimental data (e.g., Python, R, SQL-based database management systems).
  • Experience in project management, communication, and data management involving interested members of the public.
  • Very good language and writing skills in German, good English skills.

The following skills are desired:
  • Experience in communicating with citizen science stakeholders and interested parties via e.g. social media, press releases, reports, videos, podcasts, live events, workshops or similar.
  • Experience applying sensor-specific measurement techniques to capture atmospheric variables in an urban climate context.
  • Experience in the acquisition (e.g. rain gauge, weather radar) and analysis of precipitation data.
  • Experience in version control for git-based software development.

In general, the ability to work in a structured and independent manner, determination, organizational and coordination skills, reliability, teamwork and communication skills are expected.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your application with the reference number and the usual documents only by email (combined in a single pdf file) by email to Dr. Fred Meier ( and Dr. Marco Otto (

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To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät VI, Institut für Ökologie, FG Klimatologie, z.H. Dr. Fred Meier, Sekr. AB 3, Rothenburgstr. 12, 12165 Berlin