Kiel Marine Science (KMS) is the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University. As one of four priority research areas at the University, KMS leads one Cluster of Excellence “Future Ocean” and is engaged in three Collaborative Research Centres. KMS has a world-wide reputation in integrative marine science. 39 working groups at seven faculties and 18 institutes cover expertise from areas such as climate research, coastal research, physical chemistry, botany, microbiology, mathematics and computer science, economics, law and social sciences. We nurture and develop world-class graduates and researchers at all levels of their career, establish relationships with leading academics and institutes in the field, and engage and develop outstanding contact with experts from the non-academic sectors.

Kiel Marine Science - Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science at Kiel University will establish the

Kiel Ocean Assessment and Solution Centre (KOAS)

as a cross-faculty centre for integrated ocean research on political and socioeconomic decision-making and governance. The new centre will also serve as a platform for scientists and stakeholders to assess and synthesize scientific results and to develop practical solutions for the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources.

To establish the new centre we are looking for

  1. 1 Professorship (W2, permanent) in Political Economy of Marine and Coastal Resource Management
  2. 1 Senior Scientist in Marine Food Security and
  3. 1 Senior Scientist in Marine Resources and Hazard Risk Assessment

This is an exciting opportunity for excellent researchers motivated to work in integrative marine science and to play a key role in the implementation of our integrative research strategy.

Position a. and c. see separate job advertisement

Position b.

The Kiel University and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science (KMS) are looking for

1 Senior Scientist, Marine Food Security

You will have a research profile in the field of living marine resources with a focus on food security and have a proven record of interdisciplinary research at the interface of social and natural sciences as well as experience in transdisciplinary cooperation with stakeholders from non-academic sectors.

For further information on this position, please contact: Prof. Dr. Martin Quaas,

For both senior scientist positions the following requirements are critical:

  • PhD in a discipline within the broad field of marine science
  • a minimum of 5 years of postdoctoral research experience
  • An outstanding international research publication and impact track record
  • Evidence of national and international personal networks in the field
  • Proven record of successful grant application
  • Evidence of inter- and transdisciplinary research and public outreach

Both positions will be at the Kiel Ocean Assessment and Solution Centre (KOAS) under the operational leadership of the Director (position a.) and with affiliation with a faculty depending on the disciplinary background of the successful candidate. You will have ample opportunities to work together with KMS scientists to develop a nationally and internationally visible research programme.

You are further encouraged to join other interdisciplinary projects and programmes in research and education at Kiel University, e.g. the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” or the “Kiel School of Sustainability” and work with partner institutions, such as e.g. GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel or the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

The positions will offer an environment of independent research in the fields of Marine Food Security or Marine Resources and Hazard Risk Assessment respectively. You will further have the opportunity to supervise graduate students at the School of Sustainability and within the framework of new marine master programmes to be established.

The successful applicants will have a permanent full-time position with regular working hours (currently 38.7 h/week) which comes with a teaching obligation based on the Lehrverpflichtungs­verordnung (LVVO). The salary can be up to the class 14 TV-L. The positions can be split. Flexible working time models are generally possible.

Kiel University wishes to increase the number of female scientists in faculty positions and encourage applications of qualified women. Female applicants will be given priority if their qualifications and achievements are equal to those of male applicants.

Kiel University supports the employment of disabled persons. Applications from scientists with disabilities will be treated with priority in case of equal qualifications.

We explicitly encourage candidates with migration background to apply.

Applications in electronic form (one single PDF-file) including a curriculum vitae with contact details and without photograph, a list of publications, a documentation of teaching experience, a list of third-party projects, a short research agenda as well as copies of academic certificates should be submitted by 31st August 2018 to

Prof. Dr. Ralph Schneider
Kiel Marine Science (KMS)
Kiel University
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel

posted: 24 July 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.