The German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ) is the central simulation and data processing facility for the German climate and Earth System modelling community and is one of the leading facilities in this area. DKRZ not only operates supercomputers in the highest performance class and one of the largest data and archive systems worldwide, we also participate in many national and international projects aiming to improve the software and infrastructure for climate modelling.

Currently, we are offering a position as

ESMO IPO Science Communication & Engagement Officer


The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) invite applications for a Science Communication and Engagement Officer position in the Earth System Modelling and Observations International Project Office (ESMO IPO).

About the ESMO IPO

The ESMO IPO has been recently setup at DKRZ to coordinate the modelling, data assimilation and observational activities within the new WCRP core project ESMO, and to seek synergies with other WCRP activities and external partners in order to effectively tackle the ESMO scientific objectives towards the provision of science-based climate information. Key aims of the ESMO IPO are to provide overall support to planning and implementation of the ESMO scientific activities and, importantly, to ensure coordination and communication within ESMO and with the other WCRP core projects, Lighthouse Activities, and other international programmes. Strengthening the link between climate observations and modelling communities will be a key activity.

Your role

To facilitate these ambitions, the ESMO IPO is looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Science Communication and Engagement Officer with a background in climate science. You will report to the ESMO IPO Director, under the governance of the ESMO Scientific Steering Group.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the IPO team, working in a dynamic and international environment supporting the brand-new and ambitious WCRP ESMO core project, enabling advances and progress in the exciting field of climate science, to deliver adequate climate information and support decision-making.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Providing support to the ESMO core project (including the IPO, ESMO SSG and ESMO Working Groups)
  • Coordinate scientific communication and engagement – within ESMO, across WCRP, with our Co-Sponsors and Partner programs, other modelling centres and observing programs, and our broader scientific community
  • Ensure ESMO is highly visible as a WCRP brand via appropriate communication and outreach
  • Develop content for, and contribute to the development and management of, the ESMO website and social media channels
  • Support the IPO having a more global reach, including to the Global South
  • Organise, coordinate and facilitate online/in-person meetings, workshops, conferences, training sessions and other activities relevant to ESMO
  • Attend and contribute to ESMO international meetings, events and to partner/sponsoring organisations
  • Prepare ESMO administrative or scientific reports, correspondence, publications
  • Assist in supporting coordination, planning, development, and implementation of the ESMO activities

Required skills, experience and qualifications

  • Master in Climate Science or relevant scientific area; or equivalent experience
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, some of it in an international environment
  • Experience in science communication, knowledge exchange and/or outreach
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills, ideally in a multiple stakeholders environment setting
  • Provision of support for working groups including setting up of meetings across time zones, writing of meeting notes, setting up meeting agendas
  • Event design and facilitation, in person and online
  • Ability to communicate with multiple audiences
  • Adept at working remotely within geographically disparate teams, with a good awareness of cultural diversity
  • Ability to work proactively and independently while enjoying being part of a team
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally multiple times per year
  • Proficiency in English
  • Excellent writing skills

Desired skills and experience

  • Experience of project management in a scientific environment
  • Experience working with teams of scientists
  • Experience with website content management and social media
  • Graphic design skills
  • Familiarity with GDPR policy processes and compliance

Employment conditions

  • Full-time position available immediately, located in Hamburg (Germany)
  • Payment according up to group TVöD 13 Bund
  • Contract period until April 2026; a 3-year extension is possible subject to funding
  • A generous benefits package, including a flexible teleworking policy

Application process

We are looking forward to receiving:

  • A letter of interest
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Contact details of 2 referees (name, affiliation & email address)

 Please send your application as a single pdf file quoting the reference DKRZ-18_2023 to YmV3ZXJidW5nZW5AZGtyei5kZS4=

Applications received by 18 December 2023 will receive full consideration.

For further information, please contact Dr. Fanny Adloff (YWRsb2ZmQGRrcnouZGU=).

Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH
20146 Hamburg