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.

PostDoc (m/w/d) Southern Ocean tipping points


As part of the EU Horizon 2020 research initative, the AWIsection "Physical Oceanography of Polar Seas" received funding to support a PDRA until the end of the project, scheduled for July 31st, 2023.


You will independently conduct studies with the global ice-ocean Model FESOM to investigate, as part of the EU-Horizon2020 project TiPACCs (Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components;, the impact of climate change on the Antarctic marginal seas. The focus will be on the potential irreversibility of oceanic regime shifts and their influence on the stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. For this study, FESOM will be coupled with the Parallel Ice Sheet Model PISM in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The PDRAs of both institutes are jointly responsible for setting up and coupling the two models. You are also expected toanalyze and interpret the model results, present findings at project workshops and international conferences, and publish inrecognized journals.


  • PhD degree in Physical Oceanography or a related discipline
  • expert knowledge in handling a complex numerical model

Additional skills and knowledge

  • expertise in finite-element ocean modeling and Antarctic oceanography including sea-ice physics
  • excellent skills in English,
  • a high level of self-motivation

Further Information

For further information please contact Dr. Hartmut Hellmer (; +49(471)4831-1794).

The position is limited to July 31st, 2023.The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

This characterizes us

  • our scientific success - excellent research.
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
  • opportunities to develop - on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
  • a culture of reconciling work and family - audited, and even more than that.
  • our outstanding research infrastructure - ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
  • an international environment - everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
  • having an influence - fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies - freedom and responsibility.
  • exciting topics - also in technology, administration and infrastructure.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy and we encourage 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".

We look forward to your application!

Please forward your application by February 9th, 2020 exclusively online.

Reference number: 20/11/D/Kli-b

posted: 30 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.