Postdoc Position (m/f)

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The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, near Hamburg, and in Teltow, near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. You can find more information at

The Institute for Coastal Research in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for a 3-year Postdoc Position (m/f) for the project MyOcean (Prototype Operational Continuity for the GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Service,

The department of Data Analysis and Data Assimilation at the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated end experienced researchers in the field of numerical modelling of regional coastal circulation, surface waves, sediment transport, data assimilation and remote sensing.

The department is partner in MyOcean, and the leader of R&D Work package, which aims at undertaking common scientific and technological developments. Among the major tasks are regional applications of the NEMO modelling framework, developing improved data products and advanced assimilation methods enabling objective assessment of uncertainties in state estimates and predictions, coupling the ocean and wave models in a regional forecast environment.
Specific tasks of researcher will include NEMO developments in European tidal and semi enclosed basins (North Sea and Baltic Sea). The researcher will also develop new data exploitation strategies, investigate the complementarities between different data sources (e. g. coastal HF-radars, remotely-sensed ocean colour, FerryBox) and the outcome of their use in operational services. In the field of regional ocean-wave coupling impact assessment of the coupling with focus on shallow water will be provided, as well as analysis of the impact on forecasts.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics, Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or related disciplines. A strong background in modelling and programming, in particular ocean and/or atmosphere models is desirable. Good skills in scientific programming (FORTRAN) as well as working with computers (Unix/Linux) are expected, as well as good knowledge of the English language (written and oral).

Appointment will begin as soon as possible.

We offer an appropriate salary related to TV-AVH as well as the usual public sector social benefits. The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer code-no. 2012/KS 3 to Max-Planck-Straße 1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany, or to the e-mail-address: Please include your CV, a statement of interest and the names and addresses of three references. Closing date for applications is March 21st, 2012.

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