Postdoc Position (m/f) Project Reduced Complexity Models

Start of announcement28.09.2017
End of announcement26.10.2017
InstituteInstitute of Coastal Research
LocationGeesthacht
Online-Application topersonal@hzg.de
Contact personErika Krüger

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a 36-month Postdoc Position (m/f) within the project Reduced Complexity Models, which is part of the recently launched research initiative in Information and Data Science of the Helmholtz Society. The place of employment is Geesthacht.

This new project, a collaborative effort among a total of eight large institutions belonging to the German Helmholtz and Max-Planck Societies, aims at the exploration, design and application of efficient and realistic models of reduced complexity that may act as surrogate of very complex models that are used in the areas of climate, plasma physics and health research among others. Within this project a strong cross-breeding among different disciplines is expected to open new avenues of research leading to innovative approaches within each discipline.

The contribution of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht to the project is focused on the design of mathematical and statistical models of reduced complexity that can be applied in the area of climate research, specifically targeting the reconstruction of past climates combining information from proxy records and climate simulations. However, a strong interaction with techniques applied by other project partners will be an essential part of the project, involving for instance methods of image pattern recognition and identification of the relevant mathematical subspaces, among others. In addition the successful candidate will be deeply involved in presentation of results at workshops and conferences and preparation of scientific publications for international peer-reviewed journals.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht expects candidates to have completed a Ph.D. in mathematics or physics, or an equivalent degree with a solid mathematical background, and with a very strong interest in applied mathematics and statistics. The candidate will ideally have experience with the processing of large data sets using UNIX/Linux platforms and programming languages (e.g. Matlab, R, FOTRAN), preferentially in the context of super computing environments. A good publication record in international journals is a clear advantage. Previous experience with the analysis of climate simulations, though not strictly required, will be a clear asset.

For more information about this position, please

contact Dr. Eduardo Zorita

We offer you:

  • multinational work environment with over 900 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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Appointment will begin as soon as possible after November, 1st, 2017. Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2017/KS 11 to

contact human resources

and include your CV, a statement of interest and the names and addresses of three references in a single pdf file.

Closing date for applications is October, 26th, 2017.