PhD Position

Deadline: 15th January 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 research unit “Marine Geodynamics” of the research division “ Dynamics of the Ocean Floor” is offering a

PhD Position

The position offers the possibility to attain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.

Job Description / Project Description
Submarine landslides, i. e. the downslope movement of slope material, include the largest mass movements on Earth and can generate damaging tsunamis. By far the largest events have occurred along gently inclined continental slopes, but the reason(s) for large-scale failure of low-angle submarine slopes are contentious due to a lack of direct observations and in situ monitoring. In close collaboration with the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management of the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) the DFG funded project “Investigation of gas migration as a TRIggering mechanism for Submarine landslides on COntinental slopes” (TRISCO) aims to investigate if free gas in marine sediments may trigger seafloor failure.

The doctoral candidate will explore 3D seismic reflection and Ocean Bottom Seismometer data from two submarine landslides to map submarine landslides and gas distribution, identify preferred migration pathways, and estimate the quantity of free gas in the sub-seafloor. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, who will work closely with a doctoral candidate based at TUHH to explore the role of gas for the stability of submarine slopes.

• M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Geophysics, Geosciences, or a related field
• Experience in the interpretation of seismic reflection data
• Fluency in spoken and written English
• Knowledge in Geographic Information Systems is a plus

The position is available for a funding period of three years. 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 part-time position according to 75% of a full-time equivalent (currently 29.25 hours per week). The position cannot be split. Flexible working hour schemes 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 for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "TRISCO” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 15th January 2019 to the following email address:

Email: bewerbung(at)geomar.de

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 Dr. Morelia Urlaub (+49 (0)431 600 26378, murlaub(at)geomar.de) or Prof. Christian Berndt (cberndt(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.

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