Postdoctoral Investigator (m/f/d)
In the area of Submesoscale Dynamics and Ocean Color

code no. 2018/KO 8
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

One scientific focus of the Institute is the investigation of submesoscale dynamics. In view of phytoplankton biomass dynamics, the remote sensing group at HZG uses spectral data obtained from satellites, aircrafts, a zeppelin, and drones as well as from in situ water sampling. One aim is to gain reliable ocean color information from the diverse platforms in optically complex waters and link these observations to the dynamics of submesoscale structures and their interaction with phytoplankton.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the research group Remote Sensing at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on March 1, 2019. The position is limited to three years.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:

  • utilization and interpretation of airborne thermal and ocean colour data of very high spatial and temporal resolution
  • investigation of the influence of submesoscale structures on phytoplankton distribution, productivity, and physiology
  • analyse short and long term drivers of phytoplankton growth and blooms
  • planning of and participation in international research expeditions, e.g. on board research vessels or airplanes
  • scientific publication and presentations
  • working in a multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Essential qualifications:

  • a doctoral degree in physical oceanography, marine science, engineering, or related discipline
  • good knowledge of ocean dynamics, preferably of small-scale or submesoscale dynamics
  • experience in optical remote sensing and ocean colour
  • knowledge of processing and interpretation of observational data
  • good programming skills in MATLAB and/or Python
  • strong academic publication record
  • good communication skills in English (German is of additional advantage)
  • high degree of creativity and flexibility
  • willingness to participate in research cruises and travel

For further questions please contact Prof. Burkard Baschek ( or Dr. Rüdiger Röttgers (

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i.e. expert seminars, language courses)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including labs, research vessel, computer cluster, scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and these equals severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.