[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral fellowship in Marine Biogeochemistry

Holger Brix holger.brix at hzg.de
Mon Mar 17 06:06:43 MDT 2014

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
Institute of Coastal Research

Postdoctoral fellowship (m/f)
Marine Biogeochemistry
code no. 2014/KO 2

The place of employment is Geesthacht.
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near 
Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more 
information at http://www.hzg.de.

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht 
develops and operates the coastal observing system COSYNA 
(www.cosyna.de), one of the densest in-situ measurement systems in the 
world. One major component of COSYNA is the automated underway FerryBox 
system mounted on “Ships of Opportunity”. The Institute of Coastal 
Research has developed new technologies for in-situ measurements of 
biological and carbon system parameters such as nutrients, 
phytoplankton, pH and alkalinity that are combined with observations of 
physical parameters.

We are looking for a qualified and motivated scientist to investigate 
biogeochemical processes in coastal areas mainly based on COSYNA in situ 
observations. We therefore invite applications for a Postdoctoral 
position (m/f) in the area of Marine Biogeochemistry. The duration of 
the position is three years. The successful applicant will conduct the 
scientific analysis and assessment of FerryBox data using statistical 
methods as well as biogeochemical and ecosystem models with a focus on 
understanding biogeochemical processes in coastal seas and their 
coupling to physical ocean dynamics.

Your tasks include:
- analysis of existing interdisciplinary data sets from the COSYNA 
observing system and comparison with other in-situ data and model output
- evaluation of new biogeochemical sensor systems
- performance and analysis of biogeochemical model runs with possible 
model development
- investigation of biogeochemical processes focussing on the carbon 
system, phytoplankton productivity and the role of nutrients
- planning, participation, and evaluation of research cruises
- working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team 
within the institute and external academic partners
- scientific publication and presentation

Job requirements:
- a PhD in oceanography, geosciences, or related disciplines within the 
last five years
- strong academic publication record
- extensive experience in observational oceanography or instrumentation
- ability and willingness to participate in seagoing research
- profound programming skills in at least one scientific program 
language (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Matlab, Python) and experience in data 
processing and analysis
- good knowledge of English (written and oral)
- high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure

The following qualifications would be desirable:
- knowledge of coastal and shelf sea biogeochemical processes or 
biological-physical interaction
- prior experience with numerical, especially biogeochemical, models 
would be an asset
- international research experience
- good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary 
team with scientists, engineers, and technicians

For further questions please contact Prof. Burkard Baschek 
(burkard.baschek at hzg.de) or Dr. Wilhelm Petersen (wilhelm.petersen at hzg.de).

We offer an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff 
(TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment 
sector. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity 
employer for women, minorities, and people with disabilities, and 
strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. 
Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered 

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2014/KO 2 to 
Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany, or preferably to the 
e-mail-address: personal at hzg.de and include your CV, a list of 
publications, description of research experience, and a list of references.
Closing date for applications is March, 21st, 2014. Later applications 
might still be considered.
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht 
Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH 
Max-Planck-Straße 1 I 21502 Geesthacht I Deutschland/Germany 

Geschäftsführer/Board of Management: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser, Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ganß 
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates/Chairman of the Supervisory Board: MinDirig Wilfried Kraus 
Amtsgericht Lübeck HRB 285 GE (Register Court) 
Internet: http://www.hzg.de  

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