Scientist / Postdoctoral researcher on Seagrass "Blue Carbon" (m/f/d)

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)

Kiel, Germany

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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation under public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the State of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the leading international institutions in the field of marine research. GEOMAR currently has an annual budget of approx. 80 million euros and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit "Marine Evolutionary Ecology" is looking for postdoctoral researcher as of 1 July 2019, subject to the final project approval of the Helmholtz initiative HI-CAM.

Scientist / Postdoctoral researcher on Seagrass "Blue Carbon" (m/f/d)

Marine vegetation such as seagrass meadows in particular can store considerable amounts of carbon in sediment, but for many marine regions there are no reliable estimates of their "blue carbon" potential. Within the framework of the Helmholtz initiative HI-CAM: Helmholtz-Initiative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation: the two Sides of the same Coin, the holder(s) of the post will carry out an assessment of carbon storage in marine vegetation in German territorial waters. This will be done by reviewing existing publications and stock assessments as well as by in-situ sampling of carbon pools within the seabed. Predictive models of the storage potential will be developed depending on the seagrass meadow properties such as age, vegetation density, patchiness, and degree of wave exposure. A dating of sediment cores will provide reliable estimates of the annual carbon sequestration rates. In combination with existing climate and eutrophication-forced models for the future development of seagrass meadows in the Baltic Sea, the storage potential of seagrass meadows will be estimated under different scenarios of nutrient loads and future storminess.

The successful applicant holds a university degree and doctorate in the field of marine sciences (biology/ecology) or related fields (e.g. geography, vegetation science). He or she has experience with marine data analysis and the writing of scientific publications.
Experiences in (i) ecology or biogeochemistry of marine vegetation (ii) habitat mapping, GIS and vegetation modelling (iii) sedimentology or soil science are desirable.
In addition, the qualification as a research diver is very desirable.

The position is limited to 2 years. The remuneration is according to the tariff for public employees group E 13 (TVöD-Bund). The regular weekly working hours correspond to those of a full-time employee. The position is in principle divisible, flexible working time models are possible or part-time employment is possible within the framework of suitable working time models, provided that the position is filled all day.

GEOMAR has set itself the goal of promoting women. Applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed. GEOMAR is committed to the employment of severely disabled people. For this reason, applicants with severe disabilities will be given preferential consideration if they are suitable.

Please send your complete, informative application documents in electronic form in a single pdf document by June 5th, 2019 with the keyword „Seegras Blue Carbon" in the subject line to:

Please make sure to include the keyword in the subject line. After completion of the selection procedure, all application documents will be destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations.

Information on the advertised position can be obtained from Prof. Thorsten Reusch (Tel.: 0431 600-4550, e-mail:

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