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 hosts a number of highly motivated and experienced researchers in the broad field of coastal research. Our research focus lies on numerical modelling of coastal processes with specific expertise in modelling of atmospheric and marine biogeochemistry and interactions between different environmental compartments on regional and coastal scales. At Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht we develop numerical models with the aim to determine the past and current state of the environment and to identify the major drivers for future changes in the system.

The objective of this position is to develop and implement a mechanism representing the chemical transformation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) into our existing earth system modelling framework in order to identify major transport pathways. The focus of the PhD position (m/f) will be on POPs with significance for marine ecosystems, their chemical degradation, physical removal (air-sea exchange, sedimentation), and biologcial uptake in the marine food web. The work will be integrated into a European research project under the European network for observing our changeing planet (ERA-PLANET). The duration of the position is 36 months.

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For further questions please contact Dr. Johannes Bieser (

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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 (in English) indicating job offer code no. 2017/KS 13 including a short letter of motivation, description of research experience, CV together with a list of publications and copies of relevant certificates preferably by e-mail in one file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for applications is November, 5th, 2017.

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