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. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Electromagnetics (Marine Geodynamics) of the research division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor is offering a

PhD Position

starting on October 15th 2017 . The position offers the possibility to attain a doctoral degree in natural sciences.

Job Description / Project Description

The Seafloor, which constitutes approximately 70% of our planet's surface, remains largely unexplored due to the high costs and technical challenge of seafloor data acquisition. It is therefore vital to use sparse geophysical data sets as efficient as possible to reach a better understanding of tectonic processes, fluid and gas migration within sediments and assessment of potential seafloor resources. One way of increasing the information content is to integrate different geophysical data. This allows to combine inherent information content in each data set to a better-resolved Earth model and reduce model uncertainties in models derived from individual data sets.

The PhD work will therefore aim at the integration of electromagnetic data with other geophysical data to improve Earth models. Different integration and potentially joint-inversion strategies are to be developed and tested on available multidisciplinary data sets. Possible data sets to work on consist of different combinations of electromagnetic, active seismic, gravity, geothermal and magnetic data and are available for the Black Sea (methane hydrates), Mediterranean Sea (seafloor mineral deposits), South Chinese Sea (methane hydrates) and Namibian passive margin (continental break-up).


  • Masters of Geophysics, Physics, Mathematics or Geoscience
  • Programming skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Good communication skills
  • Previous experience in electromagnetics or geophysical data inversion and seaworthiness would be an asset.

The position is available for a 3 year funding period. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent. The position cannot be split.

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.

Please send your application for this post not later than September 8 2017 via Email in a single pdf-file using the keyword "PhD Marine Electromagnetics" in the subject line to the following address:

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / " PhD Marine Electromagnetics"
Wischhofstraße 1 - 3
24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Dr. Marion Jegen (

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures.
However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or

published: 19 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.