Job Opportunity: Doctoral Candidate Position on the impact of Greenland ice melt on the ocean, GEOMAR, Germany | POGO

Job Opportunity: Doctoral Candidate Position on the impact of Greenland ice melt on the ocean, GEOMAR, Germany

Deadline: March 15, 2020


The research unit Ocean Dynamics at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is offering a doctoral candidate position with the opportunity to work towards a PhD starting as soon as possible:

We seek an enthusiastic individual excited to study and quantify the impact of enhanced melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the ocean and detect associated extreme events. The position focuses on investigating the effect of steadily increasing and extreme Greenland meltwater runoff on North Atlantic Ocean dynamics and surface conditions as well as a possible impact on regional atmospheric conditions over the ocean and Europe. The key tool to address these topics is a global climate model with a regionally refined ocean grid simulating an eddy-rich and thus more realistic North Atlantic than most climate models. By addressing the above topics you will contribute to the DFG-funded project “Greenland ice-sheet melt exciting ocean extremes (G-shocx)”. The candidate will have the opportunity to write a PhD thesis in a highly experienced, lively environment providing a dense student network.

You will be part of the Ocean Dynamics group at GEOMAR, which has a strong tradition in ocean modeling from coarse-resolution global models to regionally sub-mesoscale resolving embedded nests. Together with the department of marine meteorology we run a unique global climate model at GEOMAR with the capability to apply high-resolution to focus regions. Our main interest is in processes determining Atlantic variability of the 20th and 21st century. We are an engaged group enthusiastic about identifying mechanisms driving ocean and climate variability and developing new modeling solutions.

Your responsibilities:

  • running ensemble and sensitivity experiments with an established climate model configuration highlighting the North Atlantic region
  • statistical analysis of observational estimates of Greenland runoff and ocean surface salinity products with respect to extreme events
  • conducting original research with the model output and other data products (analysis of large data sets)
  • interpreting and publishing the research in international journals


Your qualifications:

  • a university degree (MSc) in ocean, atmosphere or climate sciences or a related field
  • background in physical oceanography
  • proficiency in spoken and written English


The following additional qualifications are beneficial:

  • very good knowledge of ocean and atmosphere dynamics
  • experience in ocean/climate modelig
  • skills in using Python, Fortran, shell scripting


The position is available for a funding period of 3 years. 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 part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent.  The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

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