Ocean Career: GEOMAR Modeling Biogeochemical Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining 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.

The Horizon Europe project OceanICU aims at improving our understanding of the ocean carbon cycle and reducing the uncertainties of how anthropogenic activities, such as deep-sea mining, affect its functioning. Scientific results will contribute to international regulations for seabed mineral exploitation. Within this project the research unit Marine Geosystems of the research division Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a researcher position (m/f/d) in numerical modelling of biogeochemical impacts of deep-sea mining starting as soon as possible.

Job Description

You will perform numerical simulations on the dispersal and redeposition of suspended sediment plumes generated in the course of mining of polymetallic nodules. Model scenarios of industrial-scale operations will be guided by multi-disciplinary data from a mining trial executed in a relevant deep-sea environment. You will work with and modify numerical codes for modelling of ocean hydrodynamics and biogeochemical processes. You will analyze the model results and assess the impacts of future deep-sea mining activities on the carbon cycle. You will publish your results in the international peer-reviewed literature and present them at international conferences and workshops.

Required Qualifications

  • Diploma/Master in the field of natural sciences (geosciences, oceanography, marine sciences or similar)
  • Proven programming skills (e.g., Matlab, C/C++)
  • Experience in working with numerical modelling code (e.g., oceanographic and/or biogeochemical models)
  • High level of proficiency in English

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in interpreting and working with oceanographic and/or biogeochemical data
  • Knowledge in hydrodynamics or fluid dynamics
  • Knowledge in numerical mathematics
  • Ability and willingness to closely collaborate in an interdisciplinary team
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work target-oriented

Closing Date: November 29, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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