Cutting-edge Research
for a Changing World

Postdoc (m/f/d) geoscientific modelling and data analysis

Reference code: 50069546_4 - 2021/KS 11
Commencement date: as soon as possible for three years
Work location: Geesthacht (near Hamburg)
Application deadline: November 7th, 2021

In our Institute for Coastal Systems - Analysis and Modelling we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of geoscientific modelling and data analysis to start as soon as possible - limited - for a period of 3 years.

Within the framework of the BMBF-funded project "TECHNOLOGIEPLATTFORM H2MARE" and the project "MarEns", meteomarine data sets are needed to determine security risks and climate change impacts. The already existing data sets will be extended by ensemble members that include both existing and future offshore wind farms in their interaction with the atmosphere and the ocean.

Your task in this context will be to apply and extend the existing Hereon model system GCOAST to account for the influences of wind farms. In this application, the GCOAST system includes the regional climate models COSMO-CLM or ICON-CLM and the regional ocean model NEMO. Further information about GCOAST can be found on the website.
Furthermore, your tasks will include developing strategies with project partners from industry and commerce to use the results of the model simulations synergetically with the industrial measurement data in order to make statements on logistical and safety-relevant questions in the offshore operation of technical plants. The cooperation in the project requires the processing of large amounts of data, which should be usable in applications from different disciplines.

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.

Your tasks

  • further development of the wind farm parameterisation in the coupled model
  • statistical analysis and evaluation of existing climate model calculations and model simulations with the coupled model system GCOAST.
  • cooperation with the project partners of H2Mare
  • publication of results and reporting according to milestones and deliverables of the project

Your profile

  • university degree in geosciences (geoinformatics, geography, oceanography, meteorology or comparable)
  • demonstrable knowledge or experience in the use of statistical methods
  • experience in model developmentExperience in programming as well as in processing and analysing scientific data
  • ability to work independently and in a team
  • experience in scientific publishing
  • ability to work in an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary manner

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with ca. 1,100 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
  • free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare offers
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation
  • canteen at the Geesthacht location

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world's coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Coastal Systems Analysis and Modeling

The Institute for Coastal Systems Analysis and Modeling studies the dynamics of coastal systems as part of the Earth system and develops prediction methods and future scenarios for coastal systems. One focus of our research is the study of coastal ecosystems, which are subject to increasing pressure to change due to climate change, use of coastal environments, and other human drivers.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/KS 11.

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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.

Max-Planck-Stra├če 1
21502 Geesthacht