Scientist / Post-Doc within the project “Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the German EEZ” EKOFISCHMAN_2

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Kiel, Germany

Area of research:


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 internationally 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 Marine Evolutionary Ecology of the research division Marine Ecology is offering a position as

Scientist / Post-Doc within the project “Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the German EEZ” EKOFISCHMAN_2

starting on January 1, 2020.

Project Description
Main objective of this project, financed by the German Federal Agency for Environmental Protection (BfN), is to develop scientifically sound baselines for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the reformed Common Fisheries Policies (CFP) and ecosystem-based and sustainable fisheries management in NATURA 2000 areas of the German EEZ. The project supports the BfN in fulfilling its tasks in the German EEZ –  by providing advice on fisheries management in NATURA 2000 areas; by assessing ecological and socio-economic impacts of fishery regulations in NATURA 2000 areas; by developing indicators to describe good environmental status, and by computing and assessing the status of data poor stocks and commercially unused species. These are essential basics for the implementation of the MSFD, the Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Directive and the CFP.  

Job Description

Scientific support to the BfN in conducting intensive dialogues and consultation processes with national and international authorities, as well as stakeholders from conservation and fisheries organizations. For this purpose, the participation in relevant working group meetings at the BfN (Vilm), at national and international level is expected (e.g. HELCOM, OSPAR and the EU).Investigate and describe the impact of different fisheries activities on non-commercial and protected fish species, seabirds and marine mammals;Assessment of the conservation status of protected species and habitats under the influence of fisheries in marine Natura 2000 sites in the German EEZ;Assessment of the conservation status of commercially used fish species and stocks;Development of appropriate methods for monitoring fishery regulatory measures;Publish scientific papers on the biology and ecology of certain species of fish in the sea.


Part of your qualification is the following:

PhD or equivalent experience in marine science or a related field;Very good knowledge of marine ecology, marine species (especially fish), habitats and the laws of the  sea;Broad knowledge of the different fishing methods;Experience in marine conservation and fisheries management;Very good English language skills;Quick comprehension and ability for interdisciplinary work;Ability to articulate clearly and accurately verbally and in writing;Willingness to work at the BfN Island of Vilm/Rügen field office and make frequent international trips (primarily to other European countries).

In addition the following will be useful:

Ability to negotiation at national and international levels;Knowledge of management (especially of fisheries) of marine protected areas.

The position is available for a funding period until December 31, 2020. There are good perspectives for a three-year extension in case of positive evaluation and project approval. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can not be split. 

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 "EKOFISCHMAN2_Koordination” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than December 6th, 2019 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 Rainer Froese ( or Silvia Opitz ( 

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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