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 "Paleoceanography" of the research division "Ocean Circulation and Climate" is offering a

PhD-candidate position

"Paleoceanography of trace metal pollution"

starting on May 2nd 2018.

Job Description

The successful candidate will perform experimental and calibration studies to determine the incorporation of trace metals into biogenic carbonate. The potential new proxies will be applied to historical environmental archives.


This position requires a degree equivalent to Master of Science in the field of marine Geosciences, Environmental Sciences or Biological Oceanography. Knowledge of Biogeochemistry is expected. Experience in the cultivation of marine organisms is desirable. The position requires participation in expeditions and the ability and willingness for sea-going research. Very good written and spoken English skills are essential.

The position is available for a funding period until three year. Salary and social benefits are according to 75% of Germany's public sector TVöD 13 scale. The position can not 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 mention the keyword in the subject line and send your application (cover letter, CV, abstract of Master thesis (in English language), for this post not later than March 23rd, 2018 in a single pdf-file using the keyword "Paleoceanography of trace metal pollution" to the following address:

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

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

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / "Paleoceanography of trace metal pollution"
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel

published: 26 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.