The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for research into the geosphere. With around 1,650 employees, we develop a sound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counter global change, understand natural hazards and sustainably secure energy and raw material requirements.

For section 2.7: Space Physics and Space Weather (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Science Coordinator (f_m_x) Space Physics and Space Weather Reference Number 9562

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Our section is working on understanding the dynamical evolution of the hazardous space radiation environment and developing tools for specification and prediction of the adverse effects of the space environment utilizing physics-based numerical models and data assimilation. In our research, we try to bridge our theoretical studies with high-performance tools that can be used in science, predictions, and applications.

Your responsibilities:

  • Editing publications, proposals and presentations
  • Drafting budgetary and other administrative documents
  • Assistance with arrangements of meetings and coordination of efforts
  • Interactions with stakeholders within Germany and EU Commission
  • Writing scientific proposals and coordinating multicampus science projects
  • Performance of various administrative tasks
  • Coordinating the DFG research unit

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree or PhD in geosciences, science communication or related disciplines
  • Excellent knowledge of English (native speaker level preferred)
  • Ability to interact with scientists and engineers
  • Ability and willingness to perform complex administrative tasks
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and multi-cultural environment
  • Experience with large international programs
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excel and Microsoft Office, Latex skills are a plus

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
  • 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
  • Workplace within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 30th July 2024. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

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. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dedong Wang either via email at or phone +49 331 6264‑1998. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 331 6264‑28787.