Postdoc Position (m/f/d) In Ecosystem Modelling

Reference code: 50036938_2 – 2020/KS 4
Commencement date: 1st February 2021 (or earlier)
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The Institute of coastal research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht invites applications for a 3-year Postdoc position (m/f/d) in Ecosystem Modelling. The Ecosystem Modelling group at the Institute for Coastal Research is an internationally leading player in the field of trait-based ecosystem modeling (

Your tasks

Compounding climatic and anthropogenic stressors challenge marine plankton and benthic organisms. Modelling the marine ecosystem can improve the yet poor understanding of the response to multiple stressors and create reliable scenarios that support decision making. The Postdoc position is expected to investigate dependencies of coupled pelagic and benthic food-webs on multiple drivers (e.g. warming, pollution and trawling) in the southern North Sea. You will further develop and run a coupled model system including trait-based ecosystem models on decadal time scales. The work builds on predecessor and ongoing studies and will be a central integral hub of the collaborative project Multiple Stressors on North Sea Life (MuSSeL) funded in the FONA/K√úNO program by BMBF.

Your profile

Applicants with a degree in environmental or related sciences and a background in modelling and ecology, biogeochemistry, oceanography or physics are encouraged to apply. The candidates should demonstrate programming experience (e.g., Fortran) and strong writing skills.

For further details please contact: Prof. Dr. Kai Wirtz (

We offer

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 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 those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.