Post-doctoral scientist - Marine Meteorology

Deadline: 18.06.2017

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. 75 million euros and has approx. 1000 employees.

The following position is to be filled as soon as possible:

Post-doctoral scientist

in the research unit “Marine Meteorology” as part of research division “Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics”.

Job Description:

The goal of this position is the development and implementation of a data assimilation system for an existing climate (ocean-atmosphere-sea ice) model. A special focus lies on the flexibility of the data assimilation system which should be applicable for the atmospheric as well as the oceanic component of the climate model. Data assimilation, however, will be mostly applied in coupled mode. In addition, we expect teaching contributions within the Bachelor and Master programmes (“Physik des Erdsystems” and “Climate Physics”) during lecture times up to four hours per week.

• PhD in natural sciences (e.g., Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics)
• Experience in coupled atmosphere-ocean modelling
• Knowledge in dynamics of the atmosphere and the oceans, and in atmosphere-ocean interactions
• Experience in data assimilation in atmosphere or ocean models
• Teaching experience is desirable
• Very good programming skills (e.g., Fortran, Matlab, IDL, Unix/Linux)
• Ability to work in a team
• Fluency in English

This is a full-time position which is available for 2 years. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Paragraph 2 Section 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG). The salary depends on qualification up to the class 14 TVöD of the German salary scale for public employees.

The regular working time corresponds to a full-time employment. 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 for this position (letter of motivation, CV, publication list), including two names of possible references, not later than 18th June 2017 in a single pdf-file using the keyword " PostDoc/ME/DATEN " to the following address: 


GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Bewerbermanagement / PostDoc/ME/DATEN
Wischhofstraße 1 - 3
24148 Kiel

Please mention the keyword in the subject line of your e-mail. As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position please contact Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif,
mlatif(at)geomar.de, or Prof. Dr. Katja Matthes, kmatthes(at)geomar.de.

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at)geomar.de. In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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