The Geophysics Section in the Department of Geosciences in Bremerhaven invites applications for a position as

Postdoc in Geophysics

You will be part of a team that focusses on the dynamic history and processes of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, in particular of times of intense glacial advances and retreats. The aim of this postdoc project is to develop a comprehensive seismic stratigraphy of the continental shelf and rise of the Amundsen Sea, West Antarctica, from pre-glacial to full glacial and recent times. In addition to existing seismic and sediment core data, additional data will be acquired that are to be analysed and integrated using seismic mapping and core-log integration tools. The stratigraphic and backstripping models will be used for assessing processes and sensitivities of past ice sheet dynamics in numerical simulations.


  • PhD in geophysics, geology or physics
  • Expertise in seismic reflection data analysis and seismic stratigraphy,
  • Interest in integrating geophysical and geological data with paleoclimate and paleo-ice sheet modelling techniques,
  • Knowledge in working with Linux systems, seismic processing/mapping software and script/software programming.

Experience with collaborative work in international projects, willingness to join ship expeditions and very good mastering of the English language will be of advantage.

For more information, please contact Dr. Karsten Gohl (E-Mail:; Phone: +49(0)471/4831-1361).

This is a fix-term position for the duration of one year initially, beginning in November 2018, with a possibility of extension for up to two more years, depending on external funding. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be in Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure. AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate "Career and Family".

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (CV including publication list, letter of motivation, name and address of two references) by August 15th, 2018 referencing code 85/G/Geo to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 120161, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

posted: 22 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.