Ocean modeller for coastal areas (m/f/d)

03 Feb 2023
25 Apr 2023
Earth Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term
Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:Ocean modeller for coastal areas (m/f/d)

Coastal waters are highly dynamic areas with complex abiotic parameters that are continuously changing. Reliable projections of how the physical conditions on the coasts will change in the course of climate change are particularly challenging due to the small-scale hydrodynamic processes. At the same time, abiotic conditions have a direct influence on the geology and biology of coastal waters.
For this reason, the advertised position will deal with the establishment and the continuous improvement of a physical model basis for ensemble modelling of coastal marine ecosystems, with active participation in interdisciplinary studies. Within the framework of the position, the coupling between FESOM-C and the global ocean model FESOM should be addressed. The position requires close collaboration with experts in the field of ocean modelling (e.g. AWI, Hereon, IOW, Geomar, MPI), including working on joint projects.
Within the framework of the position, ocean physics models will be used to study abiotic conditions and hydrodynamics in the North Sea, the polar regions and the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Setting a physical model basis for Ensemble modelling of marine ecosystems
  • Coupling between FESOM-C and global FESOM
  • Analysis of abiotic conditions in the coastal waters of the North Sea, the polar regions and the Mediterranean Sea
  • Modelling of future scenarios under climate change
  • Linking physical modelling approaches with ecological models

  • PhD in mathematics, physical oceanography or a related subject field
  • Extensive experience with the application of coastal ocean models, preferably FESOM-C
  • Ability to continuously develop the numerical set of ocean physics models
  • Ability to develop and implement interdisciplinary research questions
  • Experience in leading model inter-comparison studies
  • Experience in the use of ocean models in polar coastal areas
  • Very good communication skills
  • Good publication background

Further Information
The AWI is characterised by

The AWI is characterised by
  • our scientific success - excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

AWI offers the possibility of mobile working to the extent of up to 50% of regular working hours.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

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