W 2-Professorship (six years) tenure track in Theoretical Oceanography – Deadline 21 November 2021

Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel aim to attract more qualified women to professorships.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University, Germany and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel jointly invite applications for a limited term W 2-Professorship (six years) tenure track in Theoretical Oceanography, to start at the earliest possible time.

The Professorship is based at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and assigned to the Research Unit ‘Ocean Dynamics’ within the Department ‘Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics’.

The professor will represent the fields oceanography and climate dynamics in research and teaching.

We are seeking a candidate with an excellent and international research profile in physical oceanography and climate dynamics. Applicants shall be dynamic and team players, and bring future research concepts in one or more of the following or equivalent fields: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD); ocean-atmosphere exchange; process understanding of the oceanic turbulence and mixing, as well as their parameterizations; combining models and observations with assimilation; methods of data science or artificial intelligence in the physical marine sciences. The successful candidate can build on a well-established cooperation between modelling and observational ocean and climate research groups. We particularly expect interdisciplinary cooperation with other GEOMAR departments and within Kiel Marine Sciences and informatics.


The professor will teach within the Kiel B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs in ocean and climate physics. We expect teaching in English. Non-German speaking applicants are expected to acquire German language skills and to teach some courses in German after three years at the latest. Please refer to the recruitment requirements of § 61 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein.

After successful evaluation and if the additional requirements of § 62 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein are met, the aim is to grant tenure in the professorship. To this end at Kiel University, in accordance with the current statutes, an evaluation procedure is carried out, usually one year before the limited professorship ends. More information can be found at www.berufungen.uni-kiel.de (in German). For additional information about the position and the research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Arne Biastoch (abiastoch@geomar.de).


Applications in English with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, lists of publications, courses taught and third-party funding, teaching concept, research plan) along with your private and business address, telephone number and e-mail address should be sent in electronic form (preferably in electronic form as a single PDF file to berufungen@mnf.uni-kiel.de) to the  following address by November 21, 2021: The Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Kiel University, D-24098 Kiel, Germany.

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