PhD Position (m/f) in the area of “remote sensing of submesoscale dynamics”

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

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is investigating the natural physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state. We invite applications for a PhD Position (m/f) in the area of “remote sensing of submesoscale dynamics”. The position is initially limited for three years (starting as soon as possible).

We search for a qualified scientist to use high-resolution temperature and ocean color remote sensing data from satellite and airplane to investigate the formation mechanisms and temporal evolution of submesoscale physical dynamics in coastal waters. Of particular interest is the affect of submesoscale phenomena on phytoplankton dynamics and biogeochemical processes.

Your tasks include:

analysis of existing interdisciplinary remote sensing data sets from satellite and airplane and comparison with in situ data and models investigation of the importance of physical submesoscale forcing on biological and biogeochemical processes, such as nutrient transport or phytoplankton production planning, participation, and evaluation of aerial observations work as an integrative part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and external academic partners scientific publication and presentation Job requirements:

a strong background in oceanography, marine biology, biogeochemistry, geoscience, or related disciplines experience in observational geosciences or instrumentation; preferably in bio-optics and optical remote sensing programming skills in at least one scientific programing language (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Matlab, Python) good knowledge of English (written and oral) high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure ability and willingness to participate in seagoing research The following qualifications would be desirable:

knowledge of coastal and shelf sea processes or biological-physical interaction international experience research experience and academic publication record good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, engineers, and technicians For further questions please contact Prof. Burkard Baschek ( or Dr. Rüdiger Röttgers (

We offer an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is an equal opportunity employer for women, minorities, and people with disabilities, and strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2012/KO 5 to Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany, or preferably to the e-mail-address: and include your CV, a list of publications, description of research experience, and a list of references.

Closing date for applications is January 31st, 2013.



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