Open position: Chemical-Technical Assistant for the marine carbon lab – Deadline 08 June 2023

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences.

Within the scope of the Helmholtz programme “Strengthening transfer and innovation in the association – by building innovation platforms as sustainable and structure-building measures”, the Helmholtz Centres GEOMAR, AWI and HEREON have received a grant to build up the “SOOP” (“Shaping an Ocean Of Possibilities”) innovation platform.

SOOP aims at unlocking the power of synergies between industry, civil society, and science for innovation and transfer in technologies for the protection of Earth, climate and the environment – creating sustainable structures for transfer and innovation in ocean observing by enabling a paradigm shift towards a multi-sector integrated observing system.

Applications are invited for the position below. The position is immediately available, the contract will run until the end of the funding period on 31 December 2025. A prolongation until 30 June 2026 or a change into a permanent position may be possible after that date, subject to the availability of further funding. Chemical-Technical Assistant (m/f/d) for the marine carbon lab (no. SOOP WP4/1)


The person to be hired will support the installation of the marine carbon reference laboratory within the SOOP project. Tasks include maintenance of the equipment for measuring inorganic dissolved carbon, alkalinity, and pH, performing measurements with the above equipment, and quality control of the measurements, including production of standards for marine carbon measurements as required. The chemical-technical assistant will be responsible for taking care of the whole inventory of sensors/equipment used in the SOOP project. All tasks are to be performed in cooperation with the project partners at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and at Hereon in Geesthacht.


  • Professional qualification as a chemical-technical assistant
  • Independent, self-reliant work and a quick understanding of complex processes
  • Willingness to travel (also research cruises)
  • Openness to new methods


  • Experience in the field of laboratory organisation
  • English language skills

We are offering:

At a workplace, directly on the Kiel Fjord with many leisure and recreational opportunities, we offer you:

  • Good conditions for work-life balance: We offer, among other things, the possibility of mobile working and individual working time arrangements, vacation courses for the children of our employees, and good support in finding a place in a daycare center at the Kiel site
  • Support services for professional and personal life situations
  • An exciting work environment with the opportunity to provide important impetus for the development of sustainable solutions
  • Exciting topics in an international environment
  • Work in the field of marine and climate research, a forward-looking area with social significance
  • 30 vacation days + additional time off at Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E9a TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position and can be split. Flexible working hours are possible.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply. GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process. GEOMAR is committed to an objective and non-discriminatory personnel selection. Our job advertisements address all people. We expressly renounce the submission of application photos.

Please submit your application for this post until 8th June 2023 under the following link: online application

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position please contact Dr. Tobias Steinhoff,, +49-431-600 4203). For any further questions concerning this job advertisement, please send an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword “SOOP WP4/1” of the position.

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