Physicist/Geophysicist/Engineer in the field of electromagnetics (Master or PhD)

Deadline: December 1st, 2019

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 working group DeepSea Monitoring at GEOMAR has an open position for a

Physicist/Geophysicist/Engineer in the field of electromagnetics
(Master or PhD)

Starting on 1 December 2019

The project: Building on the UDEMM project, which dealt with the environmental impact of munition in the sea (https://udemm.geomar.de/), the GEOMAR coordinated project BASTA "Boost Applied munition detection through Smart data inTegration and AI workflows", an EU BlueLabs project, deals with the automation of munition detection in the marine sector, whereby, on the one hand, the integration of electromagnetic sensors (EM) in an AUV leads to a better verification of munition objects and, on the other hand, AI methods are to be used for the evaluation of areal data (multibeam, side scan, sub-bottom information and EM measurements) for munition object detection. In cooperation with the Kiel company EGEOS GmbH, the developed AI methods will be transferred to the munition cadastral database AmuCad. The technical progress of the EM integration will be tested by day or multi-day trips to the North Sea and Baltic Sea, supported by the Belgian company G-Tech and geophysicists of the VLIZ contributing high-resolution sub-bottom information.   

Your tasks: We are looking for an employee in the field of physics or geophysics. Within the framework of the three-year project, the person should support the integration of electromagnetic sensors into an AUV (gradiometery), process and interpret these data. Furthermore, the resulting EM-measurements will be interleaved with multibeam and SBP data via AI-methods and well applicable workflows will be tested and refined.  

Your qualifications are:

  • You have a Master of Science or doctor degree in the field of (marine) physics, geophysics or similar engineering sciences.
  • You have acquired a good background in marine electromagnetics during your studies, a doctoral thesis or several years of work in a survey company (or similar).
  • You are ready to get involved in the more complex data collection of EM data on an AUV and in particular in its interpretation in cooperation with Belgian colleagues, in this respect you can draw on knowledge from similar work.
  • You have a fluent command of spoken and written English.
  • You have acquired basic knowledge in the use of GIS systems and a basic understanding of databases through your previous activities.
  • You have some programming experience e.g. in Java Script, Python, C#, or C++ or have worked with R, MatLab or equivalent.
  • If possible, you are familiar with the topic of marine munition and have already worked in this field.
  • Ideally you are communicative and enjoy working in a group

Our offer:

  • You will work at one of the world's leading marine research centers, in a multinational and multidisciplinary working group.
  • You will work closely with the AUV group at GEOMAR, with several technicians and engineers involved in the BASTA project.
  • You can directly and closely exchange information with computer scientists and computer scientists regarding AI methods, efficient HPC or GPU clusters are available at the university or at GEOMAR.
  • You have access to large datasets of the project partners and stakeholders via the project.
  • You are working on a problem that has a direct impact on coastal life and that needs to be addressed.
  • You can expect a nice working environment and competent/friendly colleagues.

The position is available for a funding period of 3 years from 1 December 2019. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split, but in this case a very close agreement between the employees must be reached. A thematic division into a) the development of AI methods workflows and b) the EM sensor adjustment with evaluation is possible. Flexible working time models are generally possible.

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 (CV, letter of motivation, certificates and grade sheet) for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "BASTA” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than December 1st, 2019 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 Prof. Dr. Jens Greinert (jgreinert(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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