The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) offers for 01.02.2024 a

Scientific tenure track position in the new research focus on Shallow water processes on "Decoding the nitrogen cycling processes in shallow waters of the Baltic Sea"

with 40 h/week.

The position is established as a scientific position for an initial phase of three years and is extended for another two years after a positive intermediate evaluation. After a successful tenure evaluation, the position will be made permanent. The prerequisite for this is, that qualification times according to §2 WissZeitVG are still available or a temporary employment based on §14 Abs. 2 TzBfG is possible. In case of best fulfilment of the requirements (especially scientific performance (publications and other scientific achievements), experiences in other institutes and abroad, positive external review) an immediate permanent position is potentially also possible.

Remuneration is paid in accordance with the Tarifvertrag fur den offentlichen Dienst der Lander (TV-L, Public Sector Collective Agreement on Lander) at level 13. The position is to be filled on a flexible part-time or full-time basis. The post is part-time but with a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Who are we?

The IOW is an independent research institute of the Leibniz Association for which equal opportunities, family friendliness and work-life balance are very important. Our research focus is on the coastal and marginal seas, especially the Baltic Sea. The staff of the four sections Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology works interdisciplinary within a joint research programme.

What will be your tasks?

Coastal oceans worldwide consist of distinct but still tightly connected ecosystems such as estuaries, shallow water habitats, tidal wetlands or shelf systems in general that are heavily influenced by human activity. Material fluxes in the shallow waters are defined by the intensity of the interaction of sediment with the overlying water. Mixing processes bring sediment into light-flooded water, altering microbial processes and rates. Both the amount of sediment and the change in oxygen concentrations and nutrient distribution affect microbial processes. Due to constant waves and current, measurements are potentially difficult to gather and to perform experiments is challenging. Nevertheless, we expect a highly relevant data from the coastal waters for the entire Baltic Sea. Your task will be, together with colleagues from other disciplines, to perform independent measurements, plan experiments and possibly adapt methods to the difficult conditions. The goal is to quantify material fluxes, to record their regulation by the environment and ultimately to understand the coastal system in its entirety.

What do we expect from you?

We want to fill the position "Decoding the nitrogen cycling processes in shallow waters of the Baltic Sea" with an experienced marine scientist holding a Master degree and a PhD in the field of marine sciences, excellent knowledge of the English language and a good track record of peer reviewed publications. The person we are looking for should have experience in leading scientific expeditions and in successfully planning, conducting and evaluating research campaigns in aquatic systems. Moreover, we expect a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and the ability to work in a team.

Furthermore, we would like to see:

  • Experience in determining microbial rates (nitrogen related processes) and exchange processes between water and sediment.
  • Expertise in the use and analysis of stable isotopes as marker substances in experimental work and/or in natural abundance level is desirable.
  • Experience in obtaining external funding to further develop own research interests.
  • Knowledge and possibly development or adaptation of sampling equipment used at the sediment-water interface.

What does the IOW offer?

The IOW offers you a varied workplace in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea (Work at sea) with flexible working arrangements, e.g. the possibility of working from home or remotely and a company health management. A very good infrastructure with modern laboratory and office equipment, including on our own research vessel, form the framework for the best working conditions.

For this particular work we dispose fully equipped labs with isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS), membrane inlet mass spectrometer (MIMS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), NanoSIMS and may more facilities are available for the research. There is the possibility to get involved in teaching at the University of Rostock and to give lectures and supervise practical courses for students of the Master's program in Marine Biology.

How do we promote equal opportunities ?

Our job offers are aimed at all people regardless of their gender. Research benefits from a diverse working environment, which is why we have signed the Diversity Charter.

IOW aims to specifically promote women in areas where they are underrepresented. For this purpose, the institute has given itself a plan to promote equality (plan for the equal opportunities committee at the IOW) and has repeatedly been awarded the Total E-Quality award for its commitment (website TOTAL E-QUALITY e. V.) You can find an overview of our measures for equal opportunities and for improving the compatibility of work and family on our website.

We give preference to applications from disabled persons with equal professional and personal suitability. Please mention the disability or equality in your letter of application and enclose a copy of the relevant certificate.

How to apply?

Please send us your application documents with cover letter, CV, copies of your certificates, description of relevant activities and experiences as well as references.

We look forward to receiving your application, quoting the keyword: STB 05/2023 by 15.11.2023 to:
or Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemunde
Human Resources Department
Seestrase 15
18119 Rostock

Unfortunately, we cannot cover your application and travel costs.

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published: 13 October 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.