Postdoctoral investigator position (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:

Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d)
In the research group Integrated Coastal Observing Systems
Reference code: 50013788_2 – Code no. 2020/KO 2
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 of Coastal Research is the investigation of biogeochemical cycles in the coastal ocean. The institute uses and develops the coastal observing system COSYNA, one of the densest in-situ measurement systems in the world. It is an integral part of the Global Coast Project that aims to study coastal carbon cycle dynamics by investigating exemplary regions and expanding this knowledge to coastal regions across the globe. This research is conducted using direct observations, proxies and numerical models to constrain carbon budget terms and their variability.

We invite applications for a three-year postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the research group Integrated Coastal Observing Systems at the Institute of Coastal Research, preferably starting as soon as possible.

Your tasks:
- analysis of relevant data sources (satellite, in situ, regional and global model hindcasts) to constrain carbon budget components
- investigation of biogeochemical processes focussing on the carbon system, phytoplankton productivity and the role of nutrients
- validation of results with independent data sets
- development of a conceptual box model to analyse carbon budgets and determine means, trends and variability
- analysis of budgeting results with regard to global applicability and relevance
- planning, participation, and evaluation of research cruises
- scientific publication and presentations
- working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Your profile:
Essential qualifications
- a doctoral degree in oceanography, marine chemistry or biology, geosciences, mathematics or related disciplines
- knowledge of processing and interpretation of observational data
- profound programming skills in at least one scientific program language (e.g., FORTRAN, C, C++, R, Matlab, Python) and experience in data processing and analysis
- ability and willingness to participate in seagoing research
- strong academic publication record
- good communication skills in English
- high degree of creativity and flexibility

Desirable qualifications
- knowledge of coastal and shelf sea biogeochemical processes or biological-physical interaction
- prior experience with numerical, especially biogeochemical, models
- international research experience
- good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians
- desire to acquire solid communication skills in German

For further questions please contact Dr. Holger Brix (

We offer:
- multinational work environment with over 1000 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. 2020/KO 2 including your CV, certificates of your university degrees, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references. Please use the following registration link to upload your complete application documents: Apply now JOBS.HZG.DE/sap/bc/erecruiting/applwzd

Closing date for applications is May 3rd, 2020.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 50013788_1 - Code no. 2020/KO 2