Geoscientist (m/f)

Helmholtz-Center Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ - Helmholtz Association

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees (including visiting scientist), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization. For Section 6.1 Sedimentbeckenmodellierung we invite applications for a temporary position due to parental leave for a

Job Vacancy No. 1922

The focus of our research in Section 6.1 is on the geodynamic behaviour of sedimentary basins. We address those physical factors which control the formation and development of basins, as well as the conditions and processes at the present day. We use the results of geological and geophysical investigations as input for our numerical models, which also allow us to derive predictions regarding utilization scenarios for the underground. We use such data-based numerical models, for example, to compute the pressure and temperature conditions in sedimentary basins. Our workflows from the integration of data into structural models to the simulation of coupled thermo-hydraulic-mechanical processes require specific numerical tools that we develop according to the scientific questions addressed.

Your responsibilities:

  • identifying scientifically relevant research fields in basin modeling
  • research in the field of integrated 3D structural modeling
  • development and management of scientific research projects
  • organization and maintenance of cooperations with academic and industry partners
  • scientific guidance, mentoring and supervision of doctoral, master and bachelor theses, supervision of internships
  • documentation, presentation and publication of scientific research
  • organization of scientific meetings

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) and PhD degree in geosciences, geophysics or geology
  • extensive knowledge in 3D structural modeling, thermal and gravimetric modeling
  • preferably knowledge in programming languages (e.g. C++)

Starting date: 15th February 2019
Fixed term: 15 month
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Location: Potsdam You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.Please submit your application by 14th December 2018.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15101941