The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a PhD Position (m/f) in numerical modelling and data analysis. The position is limited to 36 month.

In the frame of the EU-funded projects Wave2NEMO and CEASLESS coastal modelling activities are carried out. They go in parallel with demonstrations on how the new satellite data (e.g. from Sentinel) can be used to support further the regional and coastal oceanography. These activities use state of the art modelling, data assimilation and applications. In cooperation with internationally recognized institutions in Europe new methodologies will be developed and further introduced into coupled model suites (wind-wave-surge-current interplay) that will produce new standards for coastal models and data analyses.

The Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated and experienced researchers in the field of numerical modelling of regional coastal circulation, surface waves, sediment transport, data assimilation and remote sensing.

Your tasks:

The PhD candidate is expected to conduct research focused on both data analyses and numerical simulations. A strong emphasis will be laid on extremes, and improving predictability in the coastal areas. The successful candidate is expected to cooperate with researchers from the project; therefore ability and willingness to work in international and interdisciplinary teams is desirable.

Profile of qualifications:

Candidate holding a Master (M.Sc.) or diploma degree (academic university degree) in physics, mathematics, physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, or related disciplines are invited. An experience in ocean and/or wave and/or atmosphere modelling is desirable. Good skills in scientific programming (e.g. FORTRAN), as well as working with computers (Unix/Linux) are expected, as well as good knowledge of the English language (written and oral).

We offer an appropriate salary related to TV-AVH as well as the usual public sector social benefits. The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code no. 2016/KS 9 including a short letter of motivation, CV and copies of relevant certificates preferably by e-mail to

Closing date for applications is January, 22nd, 2017.

posted: 21 November 2016 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.