Scientist (m/f/d) for the analyses of shear waves from OBS records

Deadline: 3rd August 2022

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. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Geodynamics (FE GDY) of the research division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor is offering a position as

Scientist (m/f/d)

for the analyses of shear waves from OBS records

starting on December 1st 2022.

Job Description

Due to the continuing worldwide exhaust of CO2 giga tons of gas need to be captured from the atmosphere and stored permanently. Basalt complexes offer a special safety aspect for this purpose. Due to mineral reaction the carbon contained in the injected gas volume will be stored as a solid and immobile precipitate in the storage permanently. The FE GDY contributes to the investigation of possible CO2 storage reservoirs in marine basalt complexes, which are far away from groundwater resources and populated areas, in the course of the project CASACDIA CO2. During August and September 2022, as part of the expedition SO-294, OBS measurements will be undertaken along two profiles across a possible CO2 storage location in the Cascadia basin, Canada. In cooperation with colleagues from “Ocean Networks Canada” (ONC), and based on the OBS data and drilling information we will develop subsurface models for the distribution of physical parameters (e.g. Vp, Vs, Poisson, etc.) and provide the information for further storage planning.

You integrate yourself in an active and dynamic research unit with international team members. The team comprises of experts covering the wide field of marine geophysical and geological topics of cutting-edge research. Close cooperation with the other research divisions at GEOMAR enable easy knowledge exchange across different marine research disciplines. We offer the possibility to arrange flexible work time conditions. Further GEOMAR supports child care (holiday programs) and offers reduced job tickets for public transport.


  • Successful doctorate in Geophysics or Geology
  • Experiences in the area of seismic
  • German/English communications skills (spoken and written)

Favourable is:

  • Experiences in OBS analyses
  • Experiences in seismic modelling of complex subsurface
  • Experiences in seismic attribute analyses

The position is available for a funding period of 9 month. 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 is not divisible, it should be filled on a full or part-time basis, with regular weekly working hours of at least 30 hours; flexible working time models are possible in principle.

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.

For a better work-life balance, GEOMAR also offers childcare support (vacation programs) and a subsidized job ticket.

Please send your application for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "CASCADIA CO2” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than August 3rd, 2022 to the following email address:


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

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Dr. Joerg Bialas (Tel.: 0431 600-2329 / E-Mail: jbialas(at)

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) In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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