Big Data within Geo.X. Geo.X is a strategic partnership of university and non-university institutions in the metropolitan region of Berlin and Potsdam spanning the whole range of geoscientific disciplines, ranging from planetary science, space-borne Earth observation, through atmosphere studies, to material science, Earth surface dynamics and to the deep biosphere. Geo.X has broken new ground by interfacing geoscience data with novel technologies to manage, analyse and explore these big data resources. With this call we seek Data Scientists that can further develop these techniques together with our geoscientific expertise.

Focus on Data Science. Further building the Geo.X Young Academy we invite applications for

16 Young Academy positions:
Topic "Geo.Data Science"

(3-year PhD or 2-year Postdoc positions)

This is a joint call with our second topic "Geo.Society". The 16 positions will be filled with the top applicants from both fields. Affinity with Geo.Data Science as well as Geo.Society will be an asset.

Our Vision. We aim to train a new generation of young scientists with interdisciplinary skills at the intersection of geosciences, mathematics and computer sciences. A focus on data science methodologies that tackle geoscientific challenges is mandatory for all applicants. Each application has to include a short research proposal within this field. Regarding geoscientific applications, the call is open; regarding data science methods, we envision contributions to uncertainty quantification, mathematical multiscale analysis, predictive and explorative simulations, computational and high-dimensional statistics, data integration, data profiling, heterogeneous data sources or machine learning. We expect candidates to describe their own research ideas within this framework highlighting the technical innovation in mathematics and computer science and its applicability to at least one Geo.X key research field (Planetary) Geodynamics, Natural Hazards and Risks, Natural Ressources and Energy Raw Materials, Geo-Bio-Interactions, and Human Habitat and Sustainability.

Interdisciplinary Young Academy. With our interdisciplinary Young Academy, we offer a vibrant research environment that covers interinstitutional collaborations, interdisciplinary supervision, specialized training courses (e.g. summer schools, workshops, and peer-organized seminars) and soft skills training. We provide young scientists the opportunity to further develop their research results, making them available to the public and private sectors and to society at large. Our exchange programs will ease rapid integration into the international research community.

Applicants. PhD candidates should have strong skills in geosciences or mathematics or computer sciences, proven by a MSc degree or equivalent in one of the above mentioned fields. A clear affinity to data-driven and interdisciplinary research is mandatory. Postdocs must hold a PhD degree on a relevant topic, possess interdisciplinary experiences (e.g. proven by previous projects) and show an independent research program. We highly encourage female candidates to apply.

The website provides more information on

  • the scientific framework of this call
  • candidate requirements and online application procedure
  • payment scheme for both PhDs and Postdoc positions

Candidate evaluation will begin after the application deadline on April 29th, 2019; with an anticipated start of projects on September 1st, 2019. Employment will take place according to the individual conditions of the institution employing the selected candidate. All institutions are equal opportunity / affirmative action employers.


posted: 12 March 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.