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. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research division 4 "dynamics of the ocean floor" offers a

Postdoc (m/f/d) in evolution of the ocean floor / fluid flow modeling

starting from the next possible date, at the earliest on October 1st 2020.

We are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to work in the "seafloor modeling" group, which combines numerical models with different datasets to investigate the formation and evolution of the ocean floor, its role in the Earth System, and the responsible use of the seafloor as a source of energy and raw materials. The postdoctoral researcher will use his/her geoscientific expertise and excellent modelling as well as communication skills to contribute to ongoing projects in an international research environment and to explore independent research directions. Current research activities include multiphase Darcy flow as well as pore-scale Navier-Stokes simulations of high and low temperature seafloor alteration and large-scale geodynamic simulations of plate tectonic processes in the context of geohazards and seafloor resource formation. Further information can be found on the working group's webpage.

Your Tasks

  • Bring in your expertise and engage with our national and international partners in joint research projects
  • Benefit from our suite of modelling tools and the interdisciplinary working environment at GEOMAR to explore the role of the ocean floor in the Earth System
  • Contribute to the development of our OpenFOAM, ASPECT, and MATLAB models
  • 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 including skills in C++, Python, or MATLAB
  • Convincing publication record
  • International visibility
  • Experience with OpenFOAM and/or ASPECT are beneficial

We are increasingly using data science approaches in our work and candidates from that field are also very welcome to apply. The position is available for a funding period of three years. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 14 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. Part-time employment is generally possible within the framework of suitable working time models, provided that the position is filled full-time. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

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, comprising of a cover letter, research statement, CV, publication record, and contact details of two referees, for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "seafloor modeling" in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 31st August 2020 to the following email address:

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

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Lars Rüpke ( and navigate to the group's webpage.

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

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The TOTAL E-QUALITY award is presented to GEOMAR for efforts in terms of human resource management aimed at providing equal opportunity.

published: 31 July 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.