Postdoctoral Fellow Position – Climate Extremes and Vector-Borne Diseases Modeling

  • Employer: IBS Center for Climate Physics
  • Location: Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
  • Salary: 54-60 million KRW/year
  • Term: Full Time, 2 year, with possibility for renewal

Applicants for this position should have a PhD in physics, climate sciences, meteorology, computer science, epidemiology or a related field. Candidates are expected to have strong computational skills, excitement to work on a new research subject, a good publication record, a high level of independence, curiosity and creativity, and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment. 

The successful candidate will work with Prof. Christian Franzke and Prof. Axel Timmermann to determine how anthropogenic global warming and natural climate variability will influence the outbreaks of vector-borne diseases, such as Dengue, Yellow Fever, Malaria or Chikungunya. We will be using ensemble Earth system model future projections and multi-year predictions together with vector habitat models. A particular focus will be on how weather compound extremes affect disease outbreaks. We will estimate the predictability and future risks of disease outbreaks. 

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), ( directed by Prof. 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) ( 

ICCP is located in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and the ninth largest port city in the world. Surrounded by ocean and mountains, the city has a dramatic natural background. From designer cafes, international movie and art festivals, award-winning restaurants to temples at the end of hiking trails, Busan has something to offer for everyone. 

Please submit a cover letter, a short statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the name of 2 references, and up to three publications (all documents combined in 1 PDF file) to Ms. Jenny Choi ( If you have any further questions regarding this position, please contact Christian Franzke (  Review of applications starts on 29th February 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.