Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d) In the area of Submesoscale Dynamics and Ocean Color

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 Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, is located near Hamburg. You can find more information at 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 is the investigation of submesoscale dynamics. The remote sensing group at HZG uses infrared and spectral data obtained from satellites, aircrafts, a zeppelin, and drones as well as in situ water sampling enabling the study processes on scales of a few meters to kilometers and minutes to days. One aim is to gain reliable ocean color information from the diverse platforms in optically complex waters and link submesoscale physical processes with phytoplankton biomass dynamics (

We invite applications for a postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the research group Remote Sensing at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on September 1st, 2019. The position is limited to three years.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:
- utilization and interpretation of airborne thermal and ocean colour data of very high spatial and temporal resolution
- investigation of the influence of submesoscale structures on phytoplankton distribution, productivity, and physiology
- analyse short and long term drivers of phytoplankton growth and blooms
- planning of and participation in international research expeditions, e.g. on board research vessels or airplanes
- scientific publication and presentations
- working in a multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Essential qualifications:
- a doctoral degree in physical oceanography, marine science, engineering, or related discipline
- good knowledge of ocean dynamics, preferably of small-scale or submesoscale dynamics
- experience in optical remote sensing and ocean colour
- knowledge of processing and interpretation of observational data
- good programming skills in Matlab and/or Python
- strong academic publication record
- good communication skills in English (German is of additional advantage)
- high degree of creativity and flexibility
- willingness to participate in research cruises and travel

For further questions please contact Prof. Burkard Baschek ( or Dr. Rüdiger Röttgers (

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 10 including your CV, a certificate of your doctoral degree, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references to

Closing date for applications is July 2nd, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/KO 10