PostDoc position in Physical Oceanography

Deadline: May 31st, 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 Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.
The research unit “Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics” of the research division “Physical Oceanography”, is offering a

PostDoc position in Physical Oceanography
(Lagrangian modelling and analysis of glacier-ocean interactions)

starting on July 1st 2017.

Job Description

Within the collaborative project cluster GReenland ice sheet/OCEan Interaction (GROCE), funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF), focused on the marine-terminating 79°N glacier, north-east Greenland, pathways of the glacier melt water, their interaction with ambient ocean circulation will be investigated via Lagrangian modelling and analysis using model output from the FESOM (Finite Element Sea Ice Ocean Model, in collaboration with Alfred Wegener Institute, AWI) and GETM (General Estuarine Transport Model, in collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, IOW). The focus is on nonlinear feedbacks due to increased melt water flux (via mixing with the warm Atlantic inflow toward the glacier), on connectivity between the glacier terminus and the shelf with consequences for the basal melt rates, and on contribution of the glacier melt water to the regional fresh water budget. The configuration of the Lagrangian code for the FESOM and GETM will be a part of the project. Comparison with observations involving the GROCE project partners as well as model-intercomparison studies will also be included.


Applicants are required to have a PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences or a related scientific discipline. We expect very good English language skills including scientific writing, a publication record in peer-reviewed journals and ability to work in a team. Strong background in numerical modelling of geophysical fluids is mandatory. A preference will be given to candidates with experience in Lagrangian modelling and analysis.
The position is available for a funding period until 04.30.2020. 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 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 post not later than May 31st, 2017 in a single pdf-file using the keyword "GROCE" to the following address:


Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbermanagement / „GROCE“
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all applications will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Inga Koszalka (ikoszalka(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.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit www.geomar.de or www.helmholtz.de