PhD-candidate position

Deadline: 15. February 2018

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 “Biological Oceanography, Microbial Biogeochemistry” of the research division “Marine Biogeochemistry” is offering a

PhD-candidate position

starting on April 1st 2018.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will conduct sea-going and experimental studies on the microbial turnover of organic matter in the Arctic Ocean.

A requirement for this position is a completed university degree (diploma or Master) relating to Biological Oceanography. Basic knowledge of Physical and Chemical Oceanography is expected. Experiences with the methods of measuring organic compounds and their microbial degradation in seawater are desirable. The position requires participation in several long-term sea-going expeditions to the Arctic. A precondition for this position is therefore experience with ship-based expeditions as well as the ability and willingness for sea-going research.

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 mention the keyword in the subject line and send your application (cover letter, CV, abstract of Master or diploma thesis (in English language), for this post not later than February 15, 2018 in a single pdf-file using the keyword "Mikrobielle Biogeochemie/Arktis" to the following address:


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „Mikrobielle Biogeochemie/Arktis“
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.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Anja Engel (aengel(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.




The TOTAL E-QUALITY award is presented to GEOMAR for efforts in terms of human resource management aimed at providing equal opportunity.

More information in the TOTAL E-QUALITY Award.