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Institution Faculty of Geosciences - Department of Geography
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Vollzeit oder Teilzeit
Start date As soon as possible (for six months with a possible extension)
Application deadline 2024-08-15

About us:

About us:

The research group around the chair for human geography (Human-Environment Relations unit) at the Department of Geography works on risk, adaptation, and transformation in the context of environmental hazards, climate change, urbanization, and other dimensions of global change. The section develops, tests, and imparts inter- and transdisciplinary methods for the assessment of future development paths and risk trends as well as for the multi-criteria evaluation of potential strategies for fostering sustainability and transformation, particularly in cities and newly urbanizing areas. While pursuing a global perspective, the section’s empirical research is particularly focused on Asia, Africa, and Europe. Next to fundamental research, the section is keen to deliver scientific knowledge that is of high practical and policy relevance and provides decision support. The section therefore collaborates closely with decision makers and stakeholders from the local to the global level, e.g. urban administrations, United Nations programs and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Research projects:

The aim of FloodAdaptVN (Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam) is to reduce current and future flood risks through the implementation of targeted ecosystem-based adaptation strategies into the flood risk management frameworks. The focus study area is the City of Huế and its hinterland in the Thua Thien Huế province. Specific objectives of FloodAdaptVN include the development of a better understanding and assessment of the drivers, spatial patterns (incl. hotspots), as well as dynamics of present-day and future flood risks (2030, 2050, 2100), and the development of a decision support tool for risk-informed (spatial) planning and prioritizing among different DRR, risk transfer and adaptation measures.

The research project LIRLAP (Linking Disaster Risk Governance and Land-Use Planning: The case of informal settlements in the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) aims to develop, test, and apply knowledge-based solutions for the upgrading and, if necessary, resettlement of highly vulnerable, informal settlements in cities with high disaster risk. Metro-Manila will serve as a pilot for the development and testing of approaches and their mainstreaming into concrete planning processes as well as into regulations and practices of disaster management at all political levels. Within the project, the transfer of methods and planning aids to Bangkok and Hanoi will be carried out and further transfer within Southeast Asia will be initiated.

We are looking for you:

Research Associate with a Focus on Urban Remote Sensing and Urban Growth Simulation (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the following research fields at the unit: developing urban morphology types and modelling of urban growth and land-use change for metropolitan regions in South-East Asia.
  • Running classification algorithms on imageries different time steps to detect urban morphology types (including informality) as inputs to urban growth models.
  • Extending current project work on the SLEUTH model to simulate urban growth in South-East Asia.
  • Lead and contribute to scientific publications of the unit, and participation in national and international conferences.
  • Contribute to the development of research grant proposals in the fields of climate change adaptation, environmental risk reduction and sustainability.

Your qualifications:


  • PhD/Doctorate or master’s degree in geoinformatics or a related discipline such as geography, urban planning, environmental engineering, or data science.
  • Advanced experience in urban remote sensing.
  • Experience in working with remote sensing software.
  • Strong track-record in urban remote sensing, work on detecting informality is an asset.
  • Excellent English language skills.

Desirable additional assets:

  • Expertise in urban growth modelling.
  • Expertise in scenario analysis and/or climate change adaptation.
  • Skills in quantitative social science research methods.
  • Fieldwork experience, ideally in Asia.
  • German language skills.


The initial appointment will be for six months. An extension is envisaged, subject to satisfactory work performance and positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to the German TV-L scheme, at the E13 level and on a step commensurate with work experience. The office is located in the centre of Munich, with excellent public transport links. Remote/hybrid working arrangements are also possible. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


The application is open until 15th Aug 2024, interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to

Applications shall be compiled into one PDF document and include a short cover letter (one page max.), CV, list of publications, contact details of two potential academic references and a writing sample (i.e. most important scientific paper) addressed to (Dr. Olabisi Obaitor). Interviews will commence immediately (in person or online).

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