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 Faculty of Life Sciences and includes the development of a measuring system for eDNA analyses. The position advertised here is initially limited to July 31, 2025 .


  • Development and application of measuring systems in the field of ocean sensors
  • Development and optimization of measurement systems for eDNA analysis
  • Measurement setup, control software for sampling for eDNA analysis
  • Data quality control of sample material for eDNA analysis
  • Cooperation with companies regarding measurement setup, control software and sensors (technology transfer)


  • Completed university studies, preferably with a focus on maritime technologies, maritime sensor technology or comparable (e.g. computer scientist or electrical engineer)
  • Experience in the field of computer science, software development, automation, programmable logic controllers
  • Experience in the field of data transfer, interfaces, TCP/IP communication
  • and data preparation/databases
  • Experience in the field of construction (CAD), mechanics (basics), mechatronics and scientific device construction (maritime area)
  • Experience in the field of – (marine) measurement technology and sensors
  • Experience in the use of control and processing software
  • Sound knowledge of English and German, both spoken and written

Desirable skills and knowledge

  • Very good programming skills (Phyton, Matlab, etc.)
  • Knowledge in the field of electrical engineering/electronics (basics)
  • Class B driver’s license

Further information

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

The position is temporary and is advertised full-time. The position is also suitable for part-time employment. The remuneration depends on your qualifications and The tasks assigned to you are possible up to salary group 11  and is based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund).The place of work is Bremerhaven.

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 9, 2023 .
Reference number: 23/101/G/Bio-b

For  further information about this opportunity, click here.

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