At the UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN, Faculty 05/Geosciences, Research group Geophysics and Geodynamics has a vacancy - under the condition of job release - for the next possible date as a

Post-Doctoral position / Research Associate (f/m/d)

German pay scale: E13 TV-L (100%)
with a working time of 39,2 hrs./week, limited to 3 years

to be filled.

The employment is regulated by the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act, § 2 (1) (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG. (This usually applies only to candidates who have previously been employed at an institution in Germany.)

Job description

The Research group Geophysics and Geodynamics at the University of Bremen ( invites applications for a Post-Doctoral position in the field of Numerical modelling of the evolution of rifted margins and oceanic plates under the supervision of Prof. Marta Pérez-Gussinyé.

The group is focused on understanding the dynamics of rifted margins and oceanic spreading and works within the MARUM Excellence Cluster for Marine Environmental Sciences: "The ocean floor - Earth's unchartered interface" ( Within this framework we are developing dynamic models coupling deformation to surface processes, hydrothermal flow and melting. Broad current research topics within the group include the role of inheritance in margin, sedimentary architecture and magmatic budgets, the dynamics of the rift to ridge transition, tectonic controls on oceanic crustal composition and the feedbacks between hydrothermal flow and tectonics.

We are looking for a geodynamic modeler interested in topics related to, but not necessarily restricted to, 3D geodynamic modelling, coupling of lithospheric and mantle dynamics to geochemical thermodynamics and kinetics, melt migration, and interactions between hydrothermal flow and the earthquake cycle. Submission of own project proposals and original scientific publication for the purpose of postdoctoral academic qualification (e.g. habilitation) are expected.

The holder of this position may have to teach up to 4 hours weekly (mainly in English) at B.Sc. and M.Sc. level (§ 23a BremHG) and is expected to support PhD and master projects under the responsibility of Prof. Marta Pérez-Gussinyé.


  • Master/diploma in Geosciences or related field
  • Completed doctoral degree in Computational Geodynamics or related fields.
  • Experience in scientific programming (MATLAB, Python, Julia, C++) and numerical methods for solving PDEs (preferably finite elements).
  • Applicants should have excellent English language skills and enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team.

General Information

The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

The University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in natural sciences; women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be given priority if their professional and personal qualifications are essentially the same.

Please send your application (including C.V., publication list, a copy of the doctoral certificate, copies of bachelor and master degree certificates, and a statement of research interest) until February 28, 2023 by indicating the job id A365/22 to:

University of Bremen
Faculty 05 / Geosciences
Team assistant of Prof. Marta Pérez-Gussinyé
Mrs Martina Braun
P. O. Box 330 440
28334 Bremen
or by e-mail:, phone: +49 421 218 65341

We are pleased to answer your further questions by

phone: +49 421 218 65350

Paper-based applications are only required as a copy (no folders); they will be destroyed after the closure of the application procedure.

published: 30 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.