PhD Position (m/f) in Ecosystem Modelling

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG) - HZG - Helmholtz Association

Geesthacht, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Coastal Research

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Job description:

PhD Position (m/f)
in Ecosystem Modelling
code no. 2018/KS 12
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

The Institute of coastal research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for 3-year PhD position (m/f) in Ecosystem Modelling.

Understanding and modeling the response of marine plankton to natural or anthropogenic changes defines a key research challenge. The PhD project is expected to investigate dominant dependencies of plankton food-webs and related biogeochemical cycling on multiple external drivers. One idea of the envisaged research is to make use of observed anomalies in physical and ecological states to pinpoint key system dependencies of coastal plankton on stressors by means of numerical experiments. The PhD student will use a model to reconstruct observed stressor responses and unravel how these dependencies are mediated by adaptive processes and system feed-backs. The study aims at generating scenarios for the response of coastal ecosystems to major anthropogenic stressors such as changes in eutrophication or construction of offshore windfarms.

Applicants with a degree in environmental, physical, or related sciences and a background in modelling and biology are encouraged to apply. The candidate should demonstrate programming experience (e.g., Matlab or Fortran at Linux/Unix) and strong writing skills. She/ He will benefit from related graduate activities and programs in Geesthacht and at the Universities of Hamburg and Kiel.

The Ecosystem Modelling group at the Institute for Coastal Research is an internationally leading player in the field of trait-based ecosystem modeling ( For further details please contact: Prof. Dr. Kai Wirtz,

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

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and these equals severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code-no. 2018/KS 12 your CV, a brief statement of research, and addresses of two referees by e-mail in one pdf-file to

The closing date for applications is December 16th, 2018.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/KS 12