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 Euros and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Geosystems / research division 2 Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a

Research Scientist Position

from March 2019 onwards.


The successful candidate will design and implement independent research on the biogeochemical turnover at the seafloor in close cooperation within existing research groups of the research unit Marine Geosystems. Applications for third-party funding, publications in international scientific journals and participation in sea-going expeditions are expected.


We are looking for an outstanding early-career scientist with a Master or Diploma Degree and a PhD in natural sciences, expertise in biogeochemistry, a strong publication record, and innovative research ideas. Qualification and ability to participate in sea-going expeditions are expected.

The full-time position is offered as a three-year contract with a tenure-track option upon positive evaluation after three years. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

Your salary follows TvöD (public service) with the accordant social benefits.

The reconciliation of work and family as well as supporting part-time employment due to family obligations is of special interest at GEOMAR. Flexible working hours are offered and explicitly welcome. GEOMAR aims to promote female scientists in research and teaching, we therefore invite explicitly qualified women to apply for this position. In cases of equal qualification, aptitude and expertise of the applicants, female applicants will be given preferential treatment for this position. GEOMAR promotes employment of people with disabilities. Disabled applicants with adequate qualification will be preferentially considered.

Please send your application, including a CV, statements of research interests, and other qualification documents (certificates, references) no later than December 31, 2018. Please put keyword "Benthic Biogeochemistry" in the subject line of your email application. Application documents should be sent as a single pdf-file to the GEOMAR personnel office to:
GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / "Benthische Biogeochemie"
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 please contact Prof. Klaus Wallmann (

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: 12 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.