doctoral candidate position on the impact of Greenland ice melt on the ocean

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Kiel, Germany

Area of research:


Job description:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Ocean Dynamics is offering a

doctoral candidate position
on the impact of Greenland ice melt on the ocean

with the opportunity to work towards a PhD starting as soon as possible.

We seek an enthusiastic individual excited to study and quantify the impact of enhanced melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the ocean and detect associated extreme events. The position focuses on investigating the effect of steadily increasing and extreme Greenland meltwater runoff on North Atlantic Ocean dynamics and surface conditions as well as a possible impact on regional atmospheric conditions over the ocean and Europe. The key tool to address these topics is a global climate model with a regionally refined ocean grid simulating an eddy-rich and thus more realistic North Atlantic than most climate models. By addressing the above topics you will contribute to the DFG-funded project “Greenland ice-sheet melt exciting ocean extremes (G-shocx)”. The candidate will have the opportunity to write a PhD thesis in a highly experienced, lively environment providing a dense student network.

You will be part of the Ocean Dynamics group at GEOMAR, which has a strong tradition in ocean modeling from coarse-resolution global models to regionally sub-mesoscale resolving embedded nests. Together with the department of marine meteorology we run a unique global climate model at GEOMAR with the capability to apply high-resolution to focus regions. Our main interest is in processes determining Atlantic variability of the 20th and 21st century. We are an engaged group enthusiastic about identifying mechanisms driving ocean and climate variability and developing new modeling solutions.

Your responsibilities:

running ensemble and sensitivity experiments with an established climate model configuration highlighting the North Atlantic regionstatistical analysis of observational estimates of Greenland runoff and ocean surface salinity products with respect to extreme events conducting original research with the model output and other data products (analysis of large data sets)interpreting and publishing the research in international journals

Your qualifications:

a university degree (MSc) in ocean, atmosphere or climate sciences or a related fieldbackground in physical oceanographyproficiency in spoken and written English

The following additional qualifications are beneficial:

very good knowledge of ocean and atmosphere dynamicsexperience in ocean/climate modeligskills in using Python, Fortran, shell scripting

The position is available for a funding period of 3 years. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent.  The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application comprising a CV, letter of motivation, relevant certificates, and contacts of 2 references for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "Greenland melt ocean extremes” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than March 15th, 2020 to the following email address:

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Torge Martin (

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