PhD position: Renewable power in climate change – Deadline 31 May 2023

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

Through our research and our commitment to the transfer of knowledge and technology, we contribute significantly to the preservation of the function and protection of the ocean for future generations.

The research unit Marine Meteorology of the research division Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics is offering a position as PhD student renewable power in climate change, starting as soon as possible. The position offers the possibility to obtain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.

We are looking for an enthusiastic employee for the fundamental research on meteorological extremes affecting the production of renewable power from wind and solar energy. The aim of this project is to better understand changes of weather conditions under global warming that lead to extremes in renewable power production. A focus of the research project will be on changes in storms and doldrums in a warming world. The project will be supervised by the leader of the research unit.

The research unit Maritime Meteorology works on quantifying and better understanding the relative importance of atmospheric and oceanic processes in controlling climate variability and change on a large range of timescales: from hourly, through decadal, to centennial and millennial timescales.  The research unit offers a young and dynamic team, an internationally active working environment, the possibility to be part of academic teaching, support on technical questions and arrangements for a flexible work-live balance. Kiel and the surrounding region have with the proximity to the Baltic Sea many offers for recreation and leisure, plus a cultural scene shaped by the university and water sports.

Job Description

  • Fundamental research on extremes in renewable power production from the meteorological perspective
  • Scientific analysis of big data sets from observations and atmospheric models, including machine learning for pattern detection and classification
  • Graphical display of the results
  • Scientific publication of the results as journal article
  • Presentations at international conferences of the field
  • Performing experiments with complex models on high-performance computers
  • Participation in training courses
  • Qualification for a PhD degree


  • Very good master degree in Physics, Meteorology, Climate Sciences, Informatics, or similar
  • An excellent physical understanding of weather and climate, knowledge about atmospheric dynamics, renewable energy, climate change, weather- and climate modelling, and/or meteorological observations desirable
  • Very good programming skills (python, shell scripts, FORTRAN and/or comparable), programming experience desirable
  • Interest in using methods of machine learning and high performance-computing, knowledge and first experience desirable
  • Very good English skills, German is a plus but not mandatory
  • Good presentation skills and the willingness for inter-/national travel
  • Ability to work in teams and alone, interest in developing skills

Our offer

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

  • 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
  • Work in the field of marine and climate research, a forward-looking area with social significance
  • 30 + additional time off at Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits

The position is available for a funding period for three years. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent. The position can not be split. Flexible working time models are generally possible. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

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.

Please send your application not later than May 31st, 2023 under the following link: online application

The position remains open for application after the cutoff date until it is filled. 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 and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Stephanie Fiedler (

However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword “ME-PhD-1”.

Further information about this opportunity can be found here.

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