Postdoctoral fellowship (m/f) in the area of “submesoscale physical 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. We invite applications for a Postdoctoral fellowship (m/f) in the area of “submesoscale physical dynamics”. The position is initially limited for two years (starting as soon as possible).

We search for a qualified scientist to investigate the formation mechanisms and dynamics of submesoscale physical dynamics in coastal waters. Of particular interest is the coupling of physical, biogeochemical, and biological processes to help develop methods for an integrated, non-invasive fish monitoring system in the German Bight. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the von Thünen-Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry, and Fisheries in Hamburg.

Your tasks include:

analysis of existing interdisciplinary in situ and remote sensing data sets development of theoretical and dynamical concepts for submesoscale processes in their interdisciplinary context planning, participation, and evaluation of research cruises work as an integrative part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and external academic partners scientific publication and presentation Job requirements:

a PhD in oceanography, geoscience, or related disciplines within the last five years strong academic publication record extensive experience in observational oceanography or instrumentation; ability and willingness to participate in seagoing research profound programming skills in at least one scientific program language (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Matlab, Python) and experience in data processing and analysis good knowledge of English (written and oral) high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure. Scientific independence in a flexible working environment The following qualifications would be desirable:

knowledge of coastal and shelf sea processes or biological-physical interaction international research experience 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. Rolf Riethmüller (

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 4 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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