The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the federal (90 %) and state (10 %) government and represents one of the leading research institutes in the field of marine sciences. GEOMAR has approx. 950 employees and disposes over a yearly budget of around 72 Mio Euro.

The Research Unit Paleo-Oceanography of Research Division 1 offers a

Postdoctoral Position in High Resolution

Closing date: 15th April 2017

Topic: Extending the instrumental record of climatic and oceanographic changes

Job Description / Duties:

Instrumental records of climatic and oceanographic changes at annual or even monthly resolution reach only reach back up to 250 years into the past and in most cases end during periods of time when made climate change had already started. The climatic history of the more distant past can thus only be reconstructed at comparable resolution from highest resolution proxy archives such as corals or molluscs.

We are looking for a scientist experienced in sub-annual resolution marine proxy records obtained from corals or comparable archives and/or their modelling to develop and interpret climate and environmental time series data extending the instrumental record. The candidate should (ideally) have experience in both coral sclerochronology and geochemistry and should be familiar (well versed) with time series analysis (and large climatic datasets). The work can comprise the acquisition of new archives or the use of available material at GEOMAR or other repositories and/or the use and modelling of existing proxy data.


  • A PhD in geoscience or a related field is required.
  • Experience in interpreting climate proxy data from highest resolution marine archives.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills are expected
  • Experience stable isotope analytics and geochemistry is desirable but not required.

The position is available for three years.

This is a full-time position according to 100 % of a full-time equivalent. The position can be split.

The salary will be according to class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply. GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV and contact details of 2 referees should be sent to the following addresses via Email (with a single pdf file) and not later than April 15th, 2017 using the subject line "High Resolution Paleo-Oceanography":

Alternatively via post to:

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Bewerbermanagement / "High Resolution Paleo-Oceanography"
Wischhofstraße 1 - 3 24148 Kiel

For further information on the position please contact Prof. Wolf-Christian Dullo (e-mail:; phone: ++49 (0)431 6002115).

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published: 10 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.