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 working group for Matter Transport and Ecosystem Dynamics at the Department of System Analysis and Modelling invites applications for a PhD position (m/f). Changes in marine ecosystem occur on different time scales. Besides relatively abrupt changes in the ecosystem on yearly time scales, observations and models also indicate decadal to centennial variations. Long-term reconstructions of the regional climate now allows for associated long-term model simulations of the marine environment and ecosystem. The proposed position will thus focus on the reconstruction of the North Sea and Baltic Sea environment and ecosystem on time scales larger of 150 yrs and longer with the fully coupled ecosystem model ECOSMO E2E. The aim of the study is to identify the role of long-term climate variations for changes in the ecosystem and to evaluate the underlying processes and their variability. The position is limited to 36 months.

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For further questions please contact Dr. Ute Daewel:

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audit Beruf und FamilieThe 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. 2018/KS 5 including your CV, description of your scientific expertise, publication list, copies of credentials including grades and names and addresses of three academic referees by e-mail in one pdf-file not larger than 10 MB to

Closing date for applications is June 22nd, 2018.

posted: 29 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.