The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.

We offer a:

PhD Position (f/m/x) in Glacial Modeling Reference Number 4884

The PhD position is part of the second phase of the DFG-funded priority program 2017 "Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (4D-MB)", which seeks to explore how re-organizations of Earth's mantle during the collision of tectonic plates have both immediate and long-lasting effects on crustal motion, fault kinematics, earthquake distribution and surface evolution. The advertised project, led by Prof. Dirk Scherler (GFZ) and Prof. Ricarda Winkelmann (PIK), will investigate the isostatic response of the European Alps to Quaternary glaciations. The research focus is on numerical modeling of the Alpine ice cover and the lithospheric deformation.

Your responsibilities:

  • develop a workflow that links ice models (e.g., PISM, iSOSIA) and lithospheric models
  • data compilation for model forcing and evaluation
  • conduct extensive numerical experiments
  • close collaboration within an interdisciplinary network of scientists and other doctoral students in Geology, Geodesy, Geophysics and Geochemistry
  • present results at international conferences and in scientific publications
  • work in a team with other PhD students, postdocs, and staff

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Geosciences, Physics, Mathematics or other related sciences
  • proven experience in glaciology and/or geodynamics, and numerical modeling
  • very good programming skills; knowledge of C/C++ is beneficial
  • proficient in spoken and written English; proficiency in German is beneficial, but not required
  • excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team
Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 3 years
Working hours: part-time 75 % (currently 29.25 h/week)
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)". The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Location: Potsdam

What we offer:

  • ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • public service benefits
  • extensive training opportunities
  • professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • institute day-care centre on site
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by 16th May 2021. Please use our online application form only.

If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge at +49 331 288-28787.

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will be involved in the selection procedure. Your personal data will, of course, be treated confidentially and will be communicated to the involved person exclusively for the purpose of evaluating your professional suitability within the framework of this selection procedure. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.