Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH
(Leibniz-ZMT GmbH), Bremen
- Biogeochemical Modelling -
The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) GmbH in Bremen is a member of
the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments.
Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for
sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de).
The ZMT has a vacancy for a Ph.D. student to start as soon as possible within the framework of
a project titled “Effects of Indonesian coastal ecosystem degradation on the global carbon
Indonesian peatlands cover almost 11% of the country’s total land area and store the equivalent
of 123.5 Gt CO2, that is 6% of the global CO2 peatland reservoir. Anthropogenic land-use
changes are exposing Indonesian peatlands to increasing degradation causing carbon to (a)
outgas into the atmosphere as CO2 and (b) leak, via riverine runoff, into the ocean as dissolved
organic carbon. To study the effects of these perturbations on ocean chemistry and atmospheric
CO2, we plan to use a biogeochemical box model of the global ocean, which includes the tropical
rainforest, the peatland, the seagrass, the coral reef, and the plankton. The general research aim is
to understand the biogeochemical consequences of different emission scenarios from the
degraded peatlands on the region and to asses the impacts on a global scale. The work will be
performed with mathematical models developed by the Systems Ecology Group of the ZMT and
in cooperation with Jacobs University Bremen. The appointment is for a three-year period.
Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.
Applicants should hold a Master or “Diploma” degree in Environmental Sciences, Ecology,
Biology, Geology, Physical Oceanography, Mathematics, Physics, or Computing. A good
spoken and written English is mandatory. Although this is primarily a computer modelling study,
the candidate should be prepared to make occasional visits to Jakarta to meet our Indonesian
partners and to take part to a field expedition in the Spermonde Archipelago.
To apply, please send a short motivation letter (no more than one page), a complete CV with
expertise and computing skills, and name, email address and phone number of at least one
referee (thesis supervisor) in a single PDF-file to the address below. Only short-listed
candidates will be notified.
May 31th, 2012 or until a qualified candidate is identified. The Leibniz Center for Tropical
Marine Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable
qualification receive preferential status.
Prof. Dr. Agostino Merico