Ocean Career: Marine Ecological-Biogeochemical Modelling Scientist at GEOMAR

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

The research unit Marine Biogeochemical Modelling of the research division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a position as Scientist (m/f/d) starting on March 1, 2022 or soon thereafter, for a 3-year period with the possibility for a 3-year extension.

We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in marine biogeochemical cycles and/or ecological processes and their interaction with the global climate system. The successful candidate is encouraged to develop her/his own research profile while collaborating with other members of the Marine Biogeochemical Modelling research unit and, if applicable, other scientists at GEOMAR or the wider research environment in Kiel, including Kiel University. Possible research areas include the investigation of the role of ecology for biogeochemical cycles, the development of new ecological and biogeochemical models, and the application of data assimilation, machine-learning and uncertainty-analysis methods. We expect the successful candidate to participate in emerging research opportunities and proposal writing to support our group and to develop an independent and competitive research profile.


We are looking for a creative and committed scientist with a PhD degree in a natural sciences subject and demonstrated experience with ecological and biogeochemical ocean or Earth system modelling. Experience in working as part of an interdisciplinary and diverse team would be helpful. The working language is English.

The position is limited to 3 years, an extension by 3 more years is possible.

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position and there is the possibility to split it. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

Application Process

Please send your application, including a prepared conceptual research plan indicating your scientific and career goals as well as how you plan to interact and co-operate with the existing activities within the research unit Biogeochemical Modelling, GEOMAR and international programs, for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "BGC Modelling” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than February 17th, 2022 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In doing so, please refer to the keyword “BGC Modelling”.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM).

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.

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

For more information visit the GEOMAR careers page listing.

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