The Ocean Museum Germany in Stralsund is a natural history museum of national and international importance. It encompasses the MEERESMUSEUM, OZEANEUM, NATUREUM und NAUTINEUM and is renowned for its extensive ocean exhibits and large public aquarium highlighting marine life in the cold and tropical oceans. The Ocean Museum Germany is one of the most-visited museums in Germany. Its respected scientific collections and research division have a focus on marine biology, oceanography, and fisheries.

The Ocean Museum Germany is located in the city of Stralsund, which was founded in 1234. As a member of the Hanseatic League, the beautiful city has a long-standing connection to the oceans, and the Baltic Sea in particular. It is a family-friendly environment and lies in one the prime vacation destinations of Germany.

We invite applications for a full-time, permanent position as

Curator and Researcher (m/f/d) for Marine Mammals

Starting date is January 1, 2024. The place of employment is Stralsund, Germany.

We search for a qualified scientist and curator to carry out and lead the museum’s research activities on marine mammals, including field work, exhibits, collections, and autopsies. The position will integrate research with the museum’s exhibits and outreach activities and targets strong third party funding.

Your tasks include:

  • Research, maintenance, and extension of the scientific collection of marine mammals and its data base
  • Field research on marine mammals with a focus on the Baltic Sea
  • Extension and maintenance of the museum’s monitoring data base (strandings, sightings, acoustic monitoring data)
  • scientific analysis of acoustic monitoring data
  • Monitoring and autopsies of marine mammals in collaboration with state and national authorities
  • Application for third-party-funded projects and lead of projects
  • scientific publications and presentations
  • Concepts for and realization of permanent and special exhibits of the museum
  • Public outreach activities
  • Collaboration in national and international panels
  • Work as an integrative part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the museum and external academic partners

Essential Job requirements:

  • PhD in biology (zoology, physiology, behaviour or morphology) or related discipline
  • a strong scientific background and experience in marine biology, and in particular in the ecology, behaviour or bioacoustics of
  • marine mammals
  • experience in application, coordination, and administration of scientific projects
  • strong publication record
  • excellent knowledge of English (written and oral)
  • high degree of creativity and flexibility; ability to work under pressure
  • ability and willingness to participate in seagoing research and domestic and international business trips
  • good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with scientists, technicians and students
  • supervision of BSc-, MSc- and PhD-theses
  • experience in public outreach activities
  • Basic German language skills or willingness to learn German

The following qualifi cations would be desirable:

  • experience with scientific collections and autopsies of marine mammals
  • experience with scientific instruments or instrument development
  • programming skills for data analysis and data base maintenance
  • engagement in institutional environmental or marine protection activities
  • a strong scientific network
  • international experience
  • driver’s license for car and small vessels

For further questions please contact Dr. Timo Moritz (, ph: +49 3831 2650-370) or Prof. Burkard Baschek (, ph: +49 3831 2650-201).

We offer a salary according to the German public tariff (Entgeltgruppe 13, TVöD VKA) with the usual social benefi ts for the public employment sector. The Ocean Museum Germany is an equal opportunity employer for women, men, minorities, and people with disabilities, and strives to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifi cations will be considered preferentially.

Please send your application including to and include your CV, motivation letter, list of publications, description of research experience, and list of references. Closing date for applications is September 15, 2023.

Costs incurred during the application process will not be compensated. With your application, you agree that your personal data will be stored and processes until the end of the application process. More detailed information is available at

published: 31 July 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.