PhD Position climate variability

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

The Institute for Coastal Research in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for a 3-year PhD Position (m/f), ideally starting in July 1st 2012, within the coordinated project GENUS-II (Geochemistry and Ecology of the Namibian up-welling system).

The PhD position will be involved in the sub-project entitled ‘Influence of large-scale climate variability on upwelling regimes off the Namibian coast: implications for past and future climates’.

The GENUS-II project is the second-phase continuation of a collaboration between several research institutions and universities in Northern Germany. It is funded by the German Ministry of Research for a period of three years. The general aim of the project GENUS-II is to understand and to model the interaction between climate changes, the geochemical cycles of nutrients, the fluxes of climate-relevant gases and ecosystem structure in the up-welling system off the Namibian coast, as an important example for other up-welling areas around the world.

The contribution of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht to the project involves the joint statistical analyses of already existing global and regional simulations with atmosphere, ocean and climate models, with different configurations and spatial resolutions, and covering a range from the last 50 years to the past millennium. The main goal is the identification and understanding of large-scale climate processes that are relevant for the modulation of up-welling regimes, and the estimation of past changes over the past millennium and expected future changes in the current century. These studies will be carried out in collaboration with geochemists, biologists, geologists, and oceanographers working in the project partner institutions.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites highly motivated candidates with a basic knowledge of the field of climate sciences, preferably with a background in meteorology, oceanography or climatology. The adequate candidate has initial demonstrated experience in the application of statistics to analyse and interpret long climatic or environmental data sets and a strong interest in expanding his/her experience in this field. She/he has good organisation skills. Some experience with Unix-based computers and basic programming skills in modern FORTRAN and R will be very positively considered, and it is expected that these abilities will be considerably expanded along this project. The candidate should have, or be motivated to acquire, good written and oral communication skills in English to publish his/her work in papers in scientific journals and presenting materials at science workshops and scientific conferences. The successful candidate is expected to present his/her PhD dissertation at the University of Hamburg during the last stages of the project.

Contact person at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht: Dr. Birgit Hünicke (, (Department Coastal Impacts) and Dr. Eduardo Zorita (

We offer an appropriate salary related to TV-AVH as well as the usual public sector social benefits. The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2012/KS 6 to Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany, or to the e-mail-address: Please include your CV, a statement of interest and the names and addresses of three references. Closing date for applications is May 22nd, 2012.

code no. 2012/KS 6 The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.



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