Ocean Career: GEOMAR Biogeochemical Coastal Postdoctoral Researcher

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation under public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the State of Schleswig-Holstein (10%). It is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine research.

Through our research and our commitment to the transfer of knowledge and technology, we contribute significantly to the preservation of the function and protection of the ocean for future generations.

Job Description:

Within the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funded Project “Exclusion of mobile bottom-dwelling fisheries in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Baltic Sea” the impact of bottom trawling on the biogeochemistry of the sea floor will be investigated. This involves several monitoring cruises in the MPAs of the German Baltic Sea. Additionally, to assess short term impacts of fishery on the sediment, an offshore trawling experiment will be conducted.

The successful candidate will be involved in the planning and data collection during the research cruises for the determination of benthic solute fluxes and sediment biogeochemistry. She/he will perform geochemical analyses onboard the research vessel and in the laboratories of GEOMAR, will conduct data interpretation, and present the results at scientific meetings. In collaboration with other project partners, the candidate will contribute to the set-up of guidelines for sustainable management of MPAs. The successful candidate will also be expected to write scientific publications and contribute to project reports.


    • Diploma/ Master in natural sciences and a Ph.D. with a focus on aquatic biogeochemistry, geosciences or related disciplines, preferably with experience in benthic biogeochemistry and reaction-transport processes.
    • A strong background and practical experience in modern laboratory analytics
    • Demonstrated experience in writing first author-publications with a track record in international scientific journals and conference presentations
    • Willingness and capability to participate in research expeditions for several weeks at a time
    • Fluency in spoken and written English with oral and written communication skills

Further desirable skills include experience in programming languages such as Matlab, R or Python and a broad interest in marine data acquisition using in situ technology. The candidate should be physically able to participate in seagoing expeditions.

At a workplace, directly on the Kiel Fjord with many leisure and recreational opportunities, we offer you:

      • Good conditions for work-life balance: We offer, among other things, the possibility of mobile working and individual working time arrangements, vacation courses for the children of our employees, and good support in finding a place in a daycare center at the Kiel site
      • Support services for professional and personal life situations
      • An exciting work environment with the opportunity to provide important impetus for the development of sustainable solutions
      • Exciting topics in an international environment
      • Work in the field of marine and climate research, a forward-looking area with social significance
      • 30 vacation days + additional time off at Christmas and New Year's Eve
      • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits

Deadline: November 22, 2023

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