The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees (including our guests) we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.

As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.

For section 4.2 "Geomechanics and Scientific Drilling" (Department 4 "Geosystems"), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Geophysicist/Seismologist (f/m/x) Reference Number 4705

Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "SAIDAN: seismic and aseismic deformation in the brittle crust"

The Helmholtz Young Investigators Group SAIDAN aims at:

  1. Generating a thorough, quantitative understanding on deformation processes ranging from aseismic slip to brittle failure in earthquakes.
  2. Characterizing precursory processes preceding the occurrence of large and moderate earthquakes in relation to both plate-bounding transform faults and reservoir engineering activities.

These processes are investigated across a wide range of scales and environments from large strike-slip plate boundary faults to geological reservoirs producing resources from the subsurface.

Your responsibilities:

  • application of novel signal-detection techniques to create high resolution catalogues of seismic and low-frequency signals
  • integrate seismic waveforms with other complementary data to characterise the entire bandwidth of deformation processes
  • willingness to perform fieldwork for deployment and maintenance of seismic stations
  • publish research results in peer-review ISI journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PhD in Geophysics with a strong focus on either seismology, seismo-mechanics or seismo-geodesy
  • experience in novel earthquake detection and/or location techniques (e.g. machine learning, fingerprints, deep learning)
  • ability to perform complete analysis of deformation processes from seismic to aseismic
  • field work experience will be valued
  • excellent programming skills
  • ability to publish shown by a track record of publications
  • experience in proposal writing would be a plus, willingness to apply for follow-up projects
  • ability to work both independently and in a team environment with collaborations to national and international colleagues
  • fluency in spoken and written English is a prerequisite, basics of the German language would be helpful
Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 3 years
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); the position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)". The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Location: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • public service benefits
  • extensive training opportunities
  • professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • institute day-care centre on site
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by 1st February 2021. Please use our online application form only.

In case of any further queries relating to the role's responsibilities, please contact Dr Martinez-Garzon on If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 331 288-28787.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.

Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation.