Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d)

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG)

Geesthacht, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Coastal Research

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Starting date:


Job description:

The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.
The main campus of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, is located in the city of Geesthacht near Hamburg, Germany. The Institute of Coastal Research investigates the physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state.
One scientific focus of the Institute of Coastal Research is the coastal observing system COSYNA (Coastal Observing System for Northern and Arctic Seas, for the systematic observation and modelling of the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and Arctic coastal waters. A major component is the automated underway FerryBox system ( mounted on ships of opportunity. The German Bight is a dynamic shelf sea region, influenced by outflow from the Elbe River, exchange with tidal mud flats and marshes within the Wadden Sea, and coastal processes acting on different time scales.
We are looking for a qualified and motivated scientist to investigate biogeochemical processes with focus on the carbon dynamic and budget in coastal areas and the coupling to physical processes. The successful applicant will analyse and assess data from FerryBoxes and research cruises and will use statistical methods as well as biogeochemical and ecosystem models in collaboration with other scientists.
We invite applications for a Postdoctoral position (m/f) in the area of Marine Biogeochemistry with preferred starting date on August 1, 2019. The position is limited to two years.
The tasks of the successful candidate will include:
- analysis of existing data sets from the COSYNA observing system and comparison with other in-situ and model data
- performance and analysis of biogeochemical model runs with possible model development
- investigation of biogeochemical processes focusing on the carbon system, phytoplankton productivity, and the role of nutrients
- planning, participation, and evaluation of research cruises
- working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and external academic partners
- producing scientific publications and presentations
Essential qualifications:
- a PhD in oceanography, geosciences, mathematics or related disciplines within the last five years
- strong academic publication record
- experience in observational oceanography or instrumentation
- experience in programming (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Matlab, Python) and data processing and analysis
- ability and willingness to participate in research cruises
- excellent knowledge of English (written and oral)
- high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure.
- good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians
Desirable qualifications:
- knowledge of coastal and shelf sea biogeochemical processes or biological-physical interaction
- prior experience with numerical, especially biogeochemical, models
- international research experience
For further questions please contact Dr. Wilhelm Petersen ( or Dr. Holger Brix (
We offer:
- multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
- extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
- flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
- excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
- remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.
Geesthacht is located 35 km southeast of Hamburg in Northern Germany. Its location combines proximity to Germany?s second largest city and its cultural offerings with easy access to numerous outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. We are a family-friendly employer and operate our own kindergarten on campus.
Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2019/KO 7 including your CV, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references to
Proposed closing date for applications is May 26th, 2019.

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Quote Reference: 2019/KO 7