Scientist (m/f/d) In the research project Digital Earth

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:

Scientist (m/f/d)
In the research project Digital Earth
Code no. 2019/KO 13
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.

The advancement of Earth system understanding critically depends on the better integration of data and knowledge from different Earth science disciplines. In the Helmholtz Association project Digital Earth, natural and data scientists work closely together to gain new insights from the ever-growing amount and variety of research data using novel concepts and methods. They are looking for solutions, in particular with regard to the processing of fast-growing, multi-parameter data through employing existing Data Science methods, adapting new algorithms and developing digital workflows tailored to specific scientific needs. Digital Earth integrates the competences of all eight Helmholtz Centers in the research field Earth and Environment. More information about the project can be found at

We invite applications for a Scientist positions (m/f/d) in the research project Digital Earth of the Helmholtz Association?s Earth and Environment research field. The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to two years.

Areas of responsibility:
- application of ocean drift models to facilitate comparisons between in situ and satellite ocean observations

In particular the development of algorithms for:
- comparison of drift model simulations with satellite observations and in situ data
- synchronization of observational data from different times using drift models
- prototypical development of automatized workflows
- estimation of primary production rates in the ocean from time resolved observations
- quantification of uncertainties in model data and in observations

Essential qualifications:
- a university degree in oceanography, physics, meteorology, mathematics, computer science, informatics, or other related discipline in natural sciences and earth science
- excellent knowledge of at least one programming language such as C, R, Fortran, Java or Python as well as working with Linux/Unix computer environments
- experience in evaluation of scientific workflows and outcomes
- sound knowledge of English and proficiency in German
- good communication skills
- willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team at the Institute of Coastal Research

Desirable qualifications:
- a record of peer reviewed publications in order to demonstrate the skill to publish the work in scientific journals
- experience in integrating observation and modelling data from different disciplines and earth compartments across different spatial scales
- experience in handling large data sets, e.g. from satellite observations
- experience in earth system or climate modelling

For further questions please contact Dr. Holger Brix ( or Dr. Ulrich Callies (

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 13 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 September 1st, 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/KO 13