PhD Position (m/f)

Start of announcement25.05.2018
End of announcement22.06.2018
InstituteInstitute of Coastal Research
Contact personErika Krüger

PhD Position (m/f) for Matter Transport and Ecosystem Dynamics at the Department of System Analysis and Modelling
code no. 2018/KS 5
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The Institute of coastal research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated and experienced researchers in the broad field of coastal research. Our research focus lies on numerical modelling of coastal processes with specific expertise in modelling of atmospheric and marine biogeochemistry and interactions between different environmental compartments on regional and coastal scales. At Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht we develop numerical models with the aim to determine the past and current state of the environment and to identify the major drivers for future changes in the system.
The working group for Matter Transport and Ecosystem Dynamics at the Department of System Analysis and Modelling invites applications for a PhD position (m/f). Changes in marine ecosystem occur on different time scales. Besides relatively abrupt changes in the ecosystem on yearly time scales, observations and models also indicate decadal to centennial variations. Long-term reconstructions of the regional climate now allows for associated long-term model simulations of the marine environment and ecosystem. The proposed position will thus focus on the reconstruction of the North Sea and Baltic Sea environment and ecosystem on time scales larger of 150 yrs and longer with the fully coupled ecosystem model ECOSMO E2E. The aim of the study is to identify the role of long-term climate variations for changes in the ecosystem and to evaluate the underlying processes and their variability. The position is limited to 36 months.

Your tasks:

  • setup and performing of long-term model integrations on the basis of available climate reconstructions
  • identify and develop relevant tools for data analysis
  • identify and test hypothesis for underlying processes relevant for long-term ecosystem changes in North Sea and Baltic Sea
  • work as an integrative part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and external academic partners
  • write scientific publications in peer reviewed journals
  • presentation of results at meetings and international conferences

Job requirements:

  • Master in oceanography, geosciences, marine biology, environmental sciences or related disciplines
  • thorough knowledge on marine ecosystem functioning
  • interest in marine ecosystem modelling
  • experience in scientific programming with FORTRAN and related analysing programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python) would be an advantage
  • knowledge of English (written and oral)
  • good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team of various fields of geosciences

For further questions please contact Dr. Ute Daewel:

We offer:

  • 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.


Please send your application indicating job offer

code-no. 2018/KS 5

including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades, and names and addresses of three academic referees by e-mail in one pdf-file not larger than 10 MB to

Human Resources

The closing date for applications is June 22nd, 2018.