Postdoctoral Fellow, paleoclimate/ecosystem modeling - Busan, South Korea

A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in paleoclimate/ecosystem modeling is available at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea.

The project is "Modeling climate effects on Human evolution and megafauna extinction."


The employer is IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP).

It is a full time position, fully funded for two years with the possibility of renewal.

The start date is March 2021, or later. Salary is 52 million KRW/year (~47,000 USD).


The project focuses on quantifying the effects of past climate change, including abrupt glacial climate transitions, on the evolution and migration of Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, Denisovans and the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna.

The successful applicant will use and further develop a computer model which simulates key aspects of dispersal, adaptation, interbreeding, competition and culture.

The model will be forced with climate data obtained from a 2-million-year-long transient climate model simulation conducted recently at the ICCP with the Community Earth System model.

More information on the scope of the research can be found here:


PhD in physics, climate sciences, meteorology, oceanography, applied mathematics, theoretical biology or a related field.

Applicants are expected to have excellent computational skills, excitement to work on a new research subject, a strong publication record, curiosity and creativity, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment.


Applications close 31 January 2021.

Please submit a cover letter, a short statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the name of two references, and up to three publications to Ms. Jenny Choi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

If you have any further questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Axel Timmermann: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), directed by Dr. Axel Timmermann, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of natural climate variability, man-made climate change and their impacts on the hydrological cycle, regional processes, ice-sheets, and sea level. The ICCP is generously funded through the Institute for Basic Science (IBS).