Project Consultant for European Projects (m/f/x)

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees (including our guests) we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth’s system. As a partner in Geo.X (, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities. For the Staff Scientific Executive Board (GFZ Project Bureau), we are looking for a:

Reference Number 4131

Your responsibilities:

  • continuous monitoring of EU funding programs
  • informing, motivating, advising and coaching of scientists during the whole time of EU projects – from topic identification, up to project review and -audit
  • proofreading and editing of draft proposals for consistency, clarity, grammar, and syntax
  • revision of textual contributions in response to the specific requirements of the target calls and framework programs, in particular checking of eligibility
  • analysis of external evaluation results
  • development, implementation and realization of training formats and workshops for researchers to improve their writing skills and to familiarize them with formal requirements of EU project applications
  • assistance in all internal and external processes needed for the successful management of EU projects (including financial and legal aspects)

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in geosciences or natural sciences
  • excellent writing and communication skills in English (native speaker or level C1/C2)
  • experienced in the acquisition of EU funding and coaching of respective applicants
  • advanced knowledge of large European and/or international funding programs
  • skills in coordinating complex consortia with involvement of multiple stakeholders
  • profound experience in scientific proposal writing
  • readiness to work both within our service-oriented team and independently
  • ability to interact with scientists at all levels
  • experience in working on multiple projects simultaneously
  • readiness to work in a deadline-driven environment and to cooperate with stakeholders from different sectors

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years (option for a permanent position)
Salary: This position has been assessed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund
(Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective
wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Place of work: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • public service benefits
  • extensive training opportunities
  • professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • institute day-care centre on site 
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam 
  • good public transport connections by being in walking distance of Potsdam main station

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 17th April 2020. Please use our online application form only. Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we explicitly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference according to the SGB IX.Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.

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Quote Reference: 15141358