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Kathleen Hermans

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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
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04318 Leipzig, Germany

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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Student Research Assistant/HIWI (m/f/x)

Worktime: 8 - 19 hours / week, presently limited to 6 or 12 months from the 01.08.2020 at the earliest

Our research group MigSoKo aims at understanding the causalities between environmental change and human migration. We are based at the Computational Landscape Ecology (CLE) Department at UFZ Leipzig, Germany.
We are looking for a motivated student/research assistant to support the development of an Agent-Based Model (ABM) for our Ethiopian case study. The model is currently being developed to analyze the various drivers of human migration in the context of environmental change.

The application should include a short cover letter and a CV.

Your tasks:

  • Familiarization with an existing NetLogo-Model using ODD+D description and NetLogo-Code
  • Analyses and refinement of the existing NetLogo-Model to answer our already defined research questions
  • Interpretation of model results and if necessary adjustment or extension the modelling rules and assumptions
  • Contribution to the MigSoKo team meetings, project synthesis and relevant project events

Your profile:

  • B.Sc or M.Sc. in Geography, Social Science, Computer Science
  • Experience in ABM development and application, ideally for simulating socio-ecological systems
  • Very good knowledge of NetLogo
  • Very good knowledge of R (or comparable software) to analyze simulation results
  • Experience or strong interest in socio-ecological system research, sustainability and/or migration studies
  • Social competence, engaged working style, self-organized and good communication skills for collaborative work and willingness to work independently

We offer:

  • Individual supervision from colleagues with various expertise
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment in a leading research institute
  • The opportunity to develop and discuss your own ideas
  • Flexible design of workplace and working hours
  • Excellent technical facilities and infrastructure
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector, depending on qualification