A Postdoctoral position – GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the federal (90 %) and state (10 %) government and represents one of the leading research institutes in the field of marine sciences. GEOMAR has a scientific staff of 950 and a yearly budget of around 72 Mio Euro.
A Postdoctoral position (2-years) is available within the
EU-Project “AtlantOS” Work Package 2

(see https://www.atlantos-h2020.eu/structure/wp2/task-2-5/)
Topic: Integrating European deep seafloor mapping into a seamless whole

Starting: August 1, 2016 or earliest thereafter

Job Description / Duties

We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist with an interest in seafloor bathymetry, experience of acquisition/processing of bathymetric data and a proven ability to interpret it in terms of seafloor geology. Preference will be given to scientists with volcanological and/or plate tectonic experience.

The work will involve interaction with German national and European data centres to achieve access to archived data, coordinate with ship´s operators to guide new data acquisition and upload new data to appropriate repositories. The applicant will also be required to assist with maintenance of the project’s bathymetric repository. In this respect, experience of working in data management or with databases would be beneficial.

The position will predominantly deal with the technical aspects of bathymetric data acquisition and management, however the applicant will be encouraged to develop and conduct their own personal research on seafloor geology using these data in partnership with the research group.

An ability to speak and write both German and English is required. The position is embedded in a larger project to link and coordinate Atlantic data holdings in the EU, US and Canada as encapsulated in the Galway Agreement.


A PhD in geoscience or a related field is required.
Experience in interpreting landforms in terms of their underlying geology is required.
Experience in using GIS and DTM-programs (e.g. ArcGIS, Fledermaus/QUimera/Global Mapper) are expected.
An ability to speak and write both German and English is required.
Good interpersonal and communication skills are expected
The candidate should be willing and able to participate in sea-going expeditions.
Experience of databases and/or data management are desirable
The position is available for a 2 year funding period.

This is a full-time position according to 100 % of a full-time equivalent. The position cannot be split.

The salary will be according to class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees.

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.

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV and contact details of 3 referees should be sent to the following address via Email (with a single pdf file) and not later than June 20, 2016 using the subject line “Devey_AtlantOS_Postdoc”: bewerbung@geomar.de and cdevey@geomar.de.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Colin Devey (cdevey@geomar.de).

For further information on the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research or on the Helmholtz Association, see www.geomar.de or www.helmholtz.de.

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