Open position: Project Scientist for SOOP – Deadline 11 June 2023


Data and information based on ocean observations are of great importance in order to be able to understand and make predictions about the state of our oceans, its role in global climate and processes in the ocean. Without this ocean observation, we cannot sustainably use and preserve the sea. However, data from the direct observation of the oceans are not available in sufficient density and quality. With Shaping an Ocean of Possibilities – SOOP, we want to build a Helmholtz innovation platform to make a lasting contribution to improving the situation.

SOOP was started by the German polar and marine research centers AWI, Geomar and Hereon. It aims at socially relevant technology transfer that promotes and enables innovations in the field of ocean observation. SOOP creates an international network of research institutes and companies, committed scientists, engineers, those hungry for knowledge and supporters. SOOP develops usable, sustainable technological solutions for everyone, which make it possible to build innovative measuring systems for sea observation, which allow highly professional researchers and technicians to take measurements according to good standards, as well as a very broad and varied measurement use by laypeople. We want to enable the construction of good measuring systems that are as easy to use as smartphones and are inexpensive.

SOOP should be an active interface between all partners. With an initially limited financing of SOOP, new, partly open-source innovation processes and structures are to be initiated, tested and assessed. We are looking for people who want to tackle the tasks in the pilot phase with us with commitment and fun and who want to contribute to the project becoming a long-term success and becoming a socially important innovation platform.

The advertised position is in the climate system department and includes the development of a measuring box for atmospheric data and emissions. The position advertised here is initially limited to December 31, 2025 .


Development of a measuring box for trace gas and aerosol measurements and implementation of the concept for use on ships. The work includes in detail:

  • Implementation of the concept of an atmosphere / emissions measuring box and implementation of the necessary test operations on ships
  • Application and further development of the necessary control software and implementation of the Open Source Building Kit (OSBK) for the sensors
  • Processing and visualization of the measurement data and data quality control
  • Calibration of the individual sensors in the laboratory
  • Interaction with device developers of aerosol and trace measurement devices
  • Cooperation with companies regarding measurement setup, control software and sensors (technology transfer)
  • Scientific publication of the measurement data and presentation of the work results of Work Package 4 within SOOP


  • Completed university studies with a master’s or doctorate in chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, geochemistry or related fields.
  • Sound knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric physics
    and proven sound scientific knowledge in the field of measuring and interpreting the properties of trace substances and aerosols.
  • Proven practical experience in atmospheric trace substance analysis and trace substance sampling as well as the necessary techniques.
  • Proven practical experience in the field of aerosol measurement technology and the support and calibration of the measurement systems for determining aerosol parameters.
  • Sound knowledge of data acquisition methods, statistics and data analysis as well as sound knowledge of Linux and a higher programming language (e.g. Matlab or R, Python, IDL, Igor).
  • Sound knowledge of English and German, both spoken and written
  • Class B driver’s license

Desirable skills and knowledge:

  • General practical experience in the manual and/or electronic field
  • Good teamwork, communication skills and conflict resolution skills
  • Presentation of research results at conferences
  • Publication in scientific journals
  • Experience in presenting and educating scientific results to the general public
  • Cooperation with companies regarding device and software development

Further information

For more information, contact Dr. Andreas Herber  (; +49(471) 4831-1489).

The position is limited until December 31, 2025 and will be advertised full-time. The position is also suitable for part-time employment. The remuneration depends on your qualifications and the tasks assigned to you up to salary group 13  and is based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund). The place of work is  Bremerhaven .

Postdocs are registered with the AWI Postdoc Office PROCEED , giving them access to a tailor-made range of career development tools.

We offer

  • excellent research
  • Collaboration and cooperation – within the institute, nationally and internationally, interdisciplinary
  • Opportunities to develop – on your own job and towards other jobs
  • an international environment – ​​everyday contact with people from all over the world
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working up to 50% of the regular working hours
  • company health promotion and company fitness with Qualitrain
  • Support offers and a lived culture of the compatibility of work and family
  • company pension scheme (VBL)
  • job ticket

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our human resources policy. The AWI strives to increase the proportion of women and therefore expressly encourages qualified applicants to apply.

Severely disabled applicants will be given preference if they have the same professional and personal suitability. The compatibility of work and family is specifically promoted through various measures. Because of our family-friendly human resources policy, we were awarded the “Career and Family” audit certificate.

We look forward to receiving your application!
You can only apply online until June 11, 2023 .
Reference number: 23/98/G/Kli-b

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