PhD Position (m/f/d)
in the area of Ocean Color Remote Sensing

code no. 2019/KO 1
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

Long-term satellite time series of ocean color are ideally suited to investigate spatial and temporal changes and patterns of algal blooms in coastal seas in response to physical or anthropogenic drivers. Algorithms for these optically complex coastal waters have been developed by the Remote Sensing Group at the Institute of Coastal Research.

We offer a PhD position (m/f/d) to study the interaction between physical and biological processes in coastal waters based on remote sensing of ocean color and additional oceanographic and climatological data. Of particular interest are the spatial and temporal patterns of algal blooms in coastal seas, especially their origin and phenology in relation to stratification, bathymetry, storms, flood events, or long-term changes.

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in the research group Remote Sensing at the Institute of Coastal Research as soon as possible. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Kiel.

The tasks of the successful candidate will include:

  • utilization of satellite ocean color data, mainly Sentinel-2/MSI, Sentinel-3/OLCI, and different climatological data
  • investigate spatial as well as short- and long-term patterns and drivers of phytoplankton growth in coastal waters of the north Sea and global shelf seas
  • investigate phytoplankton abundance and optical diversity
  • presentation of results in scientific publications and on international conferences
  • working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Essential qualifications:

  • a Master‚Äôs in oceanography, marine or atmospheric science, physics or related disciplines
  • good knowledge of ocean dynamics
  • experience with data analysis and statistics
  • excellent communication skills and team player
  • good communication skills in English (German is of additional advantage)

Desirable qualifications:

  • experience in optical remote sensing and ocean color
  • profound programming skills (e.g. in python or matlab)
  • willingness to participate in measurement campaigns, e.g. on board research vessels or airplanes

For further questions please contact Prof. Burkard Baschek ( or Dr. Martin Hieronymi (

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

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.