Research position, "The Changing Arctic Transpolar System"

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Kiel, Germany

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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 international 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 Paleoceanography of Research Division 1 (Ocean Circulation and Climate) is offering a

Research position

starting on April 1st, 2020 or on the next possible date.

The researcher will work in the German-Russian research collaboration project "The Changing Arctic Transpolar System" (CATS; In Work Package 5B the Late Quaternary environmental variability in the Siberian shelf seas and on the northern Eurasian continental margin will be investigated by sedimentological, micropaleontological, geochemical and isotopic methods. The work is based on sediment cores of variable temporal resolution, aiming at a reconstruction of water mass properties, sea ice coverage, river runoff, and continental glaciation.

Job Description

Investigation of sediment cores (sedimentology, micropaleontology, stable isotopes in microfossils) from the northern Eurasian shelf seas and continental margin, as well as data interpretation with regard to Quaternary environmental changes.Participation in expeditions with research vesselsParticipation in the German-Russian research collaboration project "The Changing Arctic Transpolar System" (CATS).


PhD in geosciences or equivalent Experience with work on sediment cores (incl. data interpretation)Ability and willingness to participate in complex sea-going expeditions of several weeks which include an enhanced physical strainVery good English language skills (written and spoken) are expectedHigh team spirit is expectedExperience with expeditions on research vessels is desirableExperience with work in high latitudes is desirableKnowledge of polar sedimentation mechanisms is desirable

The position is available until June 30, 2021. It is intended to apply for further funding to allow extension of the position until the end of year 2023. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split, provided that the position is filled 100%. 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 for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "CATS2_Paleo” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than March 2nd, 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 Dr. Heidemarie Kassens (, tel.: +49-431 600-2850) or Dr. Robert Spielhagen (, tel.: +49-431 600-2855).

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