PhD student position (m/f) in Ecosystem Modelling

The place of employment is Geesthacht.
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 at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geestacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for a 3-year PhD student position (m/f) in Ecosystem Modelling.

Primary objective of the PhD project is to specify the predictive skill of marine ecosystem models. The study is part of the German initiative for a coordinated project called ‘Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification (BIOACID, The PhD candidate will design and conduct numerical experiments using existing, trait-based ecosystem models that resolve adaptive dynamics. She/he will compare simulation results with data from mesocosm experiments and from continuous monitoring programs and will quantify uncertainties in model projections. The candidate will be involved in collaborative activities between observing- and modelling groups within BIOACID and at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

The position requires skills in numerical modelling and, preferably, knowledge in plankton ecology or marine biogeochemistry. Profound knowledge in statistical analysis is of advantage, and basic experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, C, or Fortran) desired. The candidate should demonstrate strong writing skills. Applicants with a Masters degree or Diploma in environmental sciences, biology, oceanography, or physics are particularly encouraged to apply. She/he will benefit from related graduate programs in Geesthacht and Kiel.

The department of Ecosystem Modelling at the Institute for Coastal Research hosts an interdisciplinary and highly motivated group of research scientists ( and is involved in various national and international projects.

For further details, please contact: Dr. Markus Schartau, or Prof. Dr. Kai Wirtz,, Fon: +49-4152-87-1513.

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 7 to Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany, or to the e-mail-address: Please include your CV, a brief statement of research and addresses of two referees. Closing date for applications is August 30th, 2012. Late applicants will be considered until the positions are filled.



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