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Time Span as soon as possible for 3 years
Application Deadline 06 Dec 2020
Financing no
Type of Position
  • PhD – Doctoral Programme
Field of Research
  • Mathematics / Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
Subjects Multi compartment model system for emerging organic pollutants
Description The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 1,000 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Coastal Research about 150 scientists research processes on the coast and interactions between the land, the sea and humans. The objective of the three sub-institutes “Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas”, “Operational Systems” and “System Analysis and Modelling” is to create the scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented management of the coasts.

Scientist (PhD student) in the field of oceanography, environmental sciences, physics or a related natural science (m/f/d)
in the project “Multi compartment modeling – from emission to exposure (MCMEE)“
Reference code: 50039422_4 – 2020/KS 7
Commencement date: as soon as possible
The place of employment is Geesthacht.

In our Institute of Coastal Research we are looking for a scientist (PhD student) as soon as possible in the field of oceanography, environmental sciences, physics or a related natural science (e.g. environmental informatics, meteorology or any other earth system or climate science) for an initial period of 3 years.

You will be working in a newly formed young researcher’s group in the project “Multi compartment modeling – from emission to exposure (MCMEE)“. Goal of the project is to develop and implement a spatially highly resolved multi compartment model system for emerging organic pollutants. The MCMEE project aims at strengthening cooperation between different disciplines. Working in a team with frequent exchange and publishing scientific articles are essential parts of the work.

Your tasks
• development of a marine emission model for organic pollutants
• extension of an existing marine chemistry transport model for persistent organic pollutants
• performing model studies on the fate of marine pollutants
• investigations on bio-accumulation in the marine ecosystem

Your profile
• at least a good master’s degree in one of the above mentioned disciplines
• very good knowledge of programming with Fortran, C or a script language (e.g. R., Python) as well as knowledge of Unix operating systems
• experience in handling complex model codes is advantageous
• experience in the application of complex model systems for atmosphere or ocean
• knowledge of the chemistry of the atmosphere or the ocean, especially of long-lived organic pollutants, is advantageous
• good communication skills in German and English, both professionally and beyond your own discipline

We offer
• a vibrant scientific environment where you have the opportunity to collaborate closely with experts from • multiple areas with combined expertise covering the full range from simulation and theory to experiments
• excellent opportunities to develop your own research profile
• opportunity to enroll in a PhD program at the University of Hamburg
• a multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
• extensive options of professional training (i.e., expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
• flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
• excellent infrastructure including modern workspaces
• salary as per the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/KS 7.

Please start the online application process for this offered position via category Career & Campus.

Apply now

Closing date: December 6th, 2020
Contact: Mr. Tristan Tietz

Working Language
  • English
  • German
Language of Dissertation
  • English
  • German
Required Documents
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Motivation
More Information


Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) • Institute of Coastal Research
Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht