GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 72 million Euro and has approx. 950 employees.

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel invites applications for a

Post-doctoral Researcher
in Marine Geodynamics / Fluid Flow Modelling

within the research unit MUHS of the research division FB4. The project will be carried out within the "Seafloor Modelling" group, which investigates the formation and evolution of the ocean floor using numerical modelling techniques.


  • Carry out an interdisciplinary research project that includes a strong modelling component
  • Possible topics include lithosphere dynamics, hydrothermal systems, geosphere-climate interactions, and gas migration in marine sediments
  • Start a new project and make it grow by raising third-party funding
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to the group's international visibility


  • PhD in geophysics, geology, or similar field
  • Strong background in numerical modelling
  • Ability to interpret Earth System data and to integrate models with data
  • Convincing publication record
  • International visibility

Knowledge of code-writing in Matlab, multi-phase flow simulations, and experience in 3-D parallel computing is beneficial. The successful applicant is will become part of a multidisciplinary and international team and is expected to establish active collaborations with the different theoretical as well as observational groups at GEOMAR and Kiel University.

This is a full-time position. The position can be split.

This position offers a fixed-term contract for 3 years. Legal basis for limitation is § 2 Abs. 1 German law on limited employment contracts in scientific projects (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). The salary depends on qualification and can be up to the class E14 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. The GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female scientists and scientists with disabilities to apply.

Applications including a letter of motivation, a short statement on future research, a CV including publications and citation numbers, and contact details of two referees should be sent as a single pdf file via email to and not later than January 15th, 2017 using the subject line "Postdoc Seafloor Modelling".

For further information on the position please contact Prof. Dr. Lars Rüpke (

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published: 21 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.