PostDoc (m/f/x)

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 2.6 "Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics" we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 2054

The RISE and the LEXIS projects, both supported by the EU within the Horizon2020 framework, aim at developing various aspects of a global dynamic exposure model. This high-resolution building-based model is completely derived from open data, building classifications are algorithmically driven to ensure transparency and reproducibility, and is fully dynamic capturing changes to the open data in near real-time.This project will benefit from a unique working environment:
  • The hosting team (GFZ section 2.6) has a strong expertise in all aspects of seismic hazard and risk and is actively developing earthquake source models, ground motion models, and exposure models.
  • The hosting team is also developing and operating a testing center for evaluating all components of the hazard and risk chain.
  • The exposure model is computationally expensive and the hosting section offers the hardware and IT support for all challenging tasks.
  • The recruited researcher will be integrated in the European project infrastructure and collaborating teams.

Your responsibilities:

  • collecting the state-of-the-art exposure models and deriving appropriate rules for interpretation of exposure and vulnerability indicators
  • creating the computational environment for a multi-resolution exposure model with dynamic and location-specific interpretation rules
  • evaluate and chose the optimal ground-shaking models
  • developing state-of-the-art visual representations of the exposure data and loss scenarios
  • developing loss scenarios in conjunction with the OpenQuake software system
  • creating new approaches to exposure modeling by investigating new types of exposure and vulnerability parameters and implementing these in combination with rule sets for building interpretation

Your qualifications:

  • Master and PhD in civil or earthquake engineering, engineering seismology or similar discipline
  • experience in earthquake risk and Engineering seismology
  • advanced experience with Linux, shell scripting, Python, relational databases (PostgreSQL and PostGIS), and visualization tools

Starting date: 15th March 2019
Fixed term: until 30th June 2021
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 online by 19th February 2019 using the "Apply" button.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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15107190