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 has an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Geosystems of the research division Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a position as

Postdoc (m/f/d)
CO2 Migration - Project GEOSTORe

Project Description

  • Investigation of potential leakage mechanisms and risks in geological CO2 storage in the marine subsurface
  • Planning, preparation and implementation of experimental studies on reactive CO2 transport in reservoir rocks and overburden layers
  • Development, testing and adaptation of experimental systems and equipment
  • Performance of petrographic, chemical and microbiological analyses
  • Documentation and evaluation of the experimental investigations
  • Presentation and publication of results


  • Doctoral degree in geosciences or geoengineering, or a comparable scientific or engineering discipline
  • Experience with planning, execution and evaluation of experimental investigations
  • Experience with working in chemical or microbiological laboratories
  • Practical knowledge of chemical and petrographic analytical methods
  • German/English communication skills, both written and spoken

Desirable qualification:

  • Experience with the design and operation of high-pressure facilities or laboratories, as well as the planning and execution of high-pressure flow-through experiments
  • Ability to analyze relevant thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical (THCM) processes and process couplings
  • In-depth knowledge of marine biogeochemistry, petrography, geomechanics, and geotechnical engineering
  • Knowledge related to microbiological and molecular biological methods
  • Experience with tomographic and spectroscopic measurement techniques (especially X-ray tomography and Raman spectroscopy)
  • Experience with reconstruction and segmentation of CT data
  • Structured and independent working style, diligence, reliability and strong communication skills

The position is available for a funding period of 15 months

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split, flexible working time models are possible in princible. 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 complete, informative application documents until October 26th, 2022 via our application portal under the following link:

Online application

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 Dr. Christian Deusner (Tel.: 0431 600-1415 / E-Mail: and Dr. Matthias Haeckel (Tel.: 0431 600-2123 / E-Mail:

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 "CO2 Migration - Project GEOSTOR".

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or

GEOMAR is committed to a non-discriminatory personnel selection. Our job advertisements address all people. We expressly renounce the submission of application photos.

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

published: 12 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.