Postdoc in ocean-ecosystem modelling

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel - GEOMAR - Helmholtz Association

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. The Collaborative Project BioTip (Social-Ecological Tipping Points of the Northern Humboldt Current Upwelling System, Economic Repercussions and Governance Strategies) is a joint project between GEOMAR and several other German research institutes and universities, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), to assess ecological, social and economic interactions and potential tipping points of the Humboldt upwelling system, the eastern boundary upwelling system with the highest fish productivity.

The research unit Marine Biogeochemical Modelling is offering a

Postdoc in ocean-ecosystem modelling

within BioTip, starting as soon as possible (project start: March 1st, 2019).

Job Description
● This position is devoted to understanding the relations of biogeochemical cycling, higher trophic levels (especially anchovy) and environmental conditions in the Humboldt upwelling system, with the specific goal to investigate biogeochemical and ecological tipping points, based on an “end-to-end” model approach.
● The main tasks will be the evaluation of an end-to-end model system and the set-up of idealized model simulations to assess potential biogeochemical and ecological tipping points in a model under global warming. The tool to do this will be ROMS-BioEBUS-OSMOSE, a coupled model framework that is presently being developed in the Biogeochemcial Modelling group and that consists of the individuum-based fish model OSMOSE and the regional ocean circulation-biogeochemical model ROMSBioEBUS.
Applicants must have a university degree in science (diploma or M.Sc. degree) and must hold a doctorate in marine sciences or a related field, preferably with a strong background in biological oceanography and climate modelling. Experience with a regional ocean model (e.g., ROMS) or a fish model (e.g., OSMOSE) and competence in Fortran or Java programming is required. Further, proficiency of a programming tool for data analysis and visualization is required and experiences with high performance computing facilities will be considered a strong asset.

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position is limited to 28th February 2022 (end of project). The position can 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 (cover letter, copy of PhD certificate, CV including publications and contact for two references) for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "BioTip-BM” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 22nd February 2019 to the following email address:

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Ivy Frenger (, Iris Kriest ( or Andreas Oschlies (

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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-6347