Scientific employee (PhD-candidate) position

Deadline: 25.08.2017

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 Marine Biogeochemical Modelling of research division Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a

Scientific employee (PhD-candidate) position

starting on November 1st 2017. The position offers the possibility to attain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.

Job Description / Project Description

We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in modelling marine biogeochemical cycles and their role in the Earth system. The research project will focus on better quantifying the global transport, transformation, and fate of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus as these elements pass from terrestrial systems to the open-ocean or are retained with coastal seas. The extent to which human activities modify the lateral transfer or loss of these elements from pelagic marine waters will also be investigated.  The research will be conducted with an Earth system model of intermediate complexity so that links and possible feedbacks between regional biogeochemical cycling and the global Earth system can be investigated as well.


We are looking for a creative and ambitious modeller with a university degree at the M.Sc. or Diploma level in a natural sciences subject and extensive knowledge of ecological, biogeochemical or Earth system modelling.

The position is limited to 3 years. Salary and social benefits are according to 75% of Germany’s public sector TVöD 13 scale. The position cannot 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 applications with a CV, list of publications, addresses of two referees, and a brief statement of your research interests by August 25, 2017 in a single pdf-file under the keyword phrase "Land-to-ocean biogeochemical modelling" to:


Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „Land-to-ocean biogeochemical modelling“
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

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

Further information about the position and the research group can be obtained from Dr. David Keller (dkeller(at)geomar.de) or Prof. Andreas Oschlies (aoschlies(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.