Scientific Employee (Postdoc) Microbial Biogeochemistry

Deadline: 9th September 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

Scientific Employee (Postdoc) position,

starting on November 15th , 2018.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will investigate the microbial turnover of dissolved and particulate organic matter (carbon, gel-like particles, amino acids, carbohydrates) in the ocean using biogeochemical, microbial and microscopic (confocal laser scanning microscopy) techniques, and plan and conduct seagoing expeditions. She/he will also refine methods for the determination of particle export fluxes and turn-over in situ, e.g. with drifting sediment traps, Large Volume Sampler (Marine Snow Catcher).

Prerequisites for a successful application are a PhD in Biological Oceanography, Marine Chemistry / Marine Microbiology / Marine Biology or a related subject as well as a strong background in Organic Chemistry and Microbiology. Experiences in the planning and execution of seagoing expeditions are expected. Ability and readiness for seagoing research are thus required. The successful candidate can demonstrate very good publication activity as well as successful third-party funding.

This position offers a fixed-term contract for 3 years with the option for an additional 3 years contract, depending on a positive evaluation. Legal basis for limitation is § 2 Abs. 1 German law on limited employment contracts in scientific projects (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E14 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position cannot be split, flexible working time models are 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 mention the keyword „Microbial Biogeochemistry“ on the envelope and on the application or the keyword in the subject line. Please send your application (cover letter, CV, copy of certificates, description of relevant employment and experience, list of publications, two reference letters) for this post until 9th September 2018 in a single pdf-file to the following address:


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „Microbial Biogeochemistry“
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.

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.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Anja Engel by phone +49 431 600-4447 or   e-mail via ( aengel(at)geomar.de ) about the position’s details.

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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