The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics, thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

In preparation of the international drift expedition MOSAiC in 2019/20 we are inviting applications for a

Postdoctoral research scientist for MOSAiC: OCEAN observations


The observational part of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) is a year-long field experiment with the German icebreaker Polarstern in the Arctic Ocean. MOSAiC is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious field programs in polar research of the last decades. It will directly link in-situ, airborne, autonomous, and remote sensing observations with numerical models on different spatial and temporal scales. More information is available from the project home page (, in particular from the science and implementation plans.

The successful candidate will be a member of the section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas at the AWI. The work will directly contribute to the measurement program of the OCEAN team across the main components of the central observatory, on Polarstern, and in the distributed network. The focus will be on 3-dimensional variability in the upper ocean boundary layer and the upper halocline of the central and Eurasian Arctic Ocean. The ultimate aim of this and a position advertised in parallel is to characterize (sub)mesoscale processes in the ocean under the Arctic sea-ice and atmosphere. This should lead to improvements in the parameterization of such processes in regional and global general circulation models of the ocean, sea-ice and, ultimately, in coupled climate models.

Primary tasks

  • Preparation and planning of buoy deployments within the MOSAiC Distributed Network
  • Participation in MOSAiC OCEAN team activity in the field for up to 3 months at a time
  • Processing and analysis of the buoy data in conjunction with other measurements by all MOSAiC observational teams
  • Close collaboration with the modelling groups at AWI
  • Dissemination of results to other MOSAiC teams
  • Presentation of results at conferences and publication in peer-reviewed journals

Additional tasks

  • Cooperation with observational and modelling projects running in parallel to MOSAiC
  • Communicating results at scientific meetings, conferences and to the public


The successful candidate needs to be a reliable person with excellent teamwork and communication skills. The person is expected to participate in national and international project meetings and workshops. Further essential qualifications are

  • PhD in natural sciences
  • Experience in physical oceanography
  • Practical experience with participation in expeditions
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Programming / computing skills for data processing / plotting (e.g. Matlab, Python)

Furthermore, the following qualifications are beneficial

  • Experience in working in and studying the Polar Regions
  • German language skills
  • Scientific publication record
  • Experience in working with output from sea ice-ocean general circulation models

For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Rabe (, Tel: 0471 4831-2403).

The position is limited to three years and starts as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 14. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven. The advertised position is full-time. However, part-time work (e.g. a split into two half-time positions) may be possible pending applications.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure. AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate "Career and Family".

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (CV including publication list, letter of motivation, name and address of two references) by May 16th 2018 referencing code 63/D/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany (or by e-mail (all documents merged into a single PDF file) to:

posted: 03 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.