Job Opportunity: Physicist/Geophysicist/Engineer in the field of electromagnetics (Master or PhD), GEOMAR, Germany | POGO

Job Opportunity: Physicist/Geophysicist/Engineer in the field of electromagnetics (Master or PhD), GEOMAR, Germany

Deadline: December 1st, 2019


The working group DeepSea Monitoring at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel has an open position for a Physicist/Geophysicist/Engineer in the field of electromagnetics (Master or PhD).

The project: 

Building on the UDEMM project, which dealt with the environmental impact of munition in the sea (, the GEOMAR coordinated project BASTA "Boost Applied munition detection through Smart data inTegration and AI workflows", an EU BlueLabs project, deals with the automation of munition detection in the marine sector, whereby, on the one hand, the integration of electromagnetic sensors (EM) in an AUV leads to a better verification of munition objects and, on the other hand, AI methods are to be used for the evaluation of areal data (multibeam, side scan, sub-bottom information and EM measurements) for munition object detection. In cooperation with the Kiel company EGEOS GmbH, the developed AI methods will be transferred to the munition cadastral database AmuCad. The technical progress of the EM integration will be tested by day or multi-day trips to the North Sea and Baltic Sea, supported by the Belgian company G-Tech and geophysicists of the VLIZ contributing high-resolution sub-bottom information.   

Your tasks: 

We are looking for an employee in the field of physics or geophysics. Within the framework of the three-year project, the person should support the integration of electromagnetic sensors into an AUV (gradiometery), process and interpret these data. Furthermore, the resulting EM-measurements will be interleaved with multibeam and SBP data via AI-methods and well applicable workflows will be tested and refined.  

Your qualifications are:

  • You have a Master of Science or doctor degree in the field of (marine) physics, geophysics or similar engineering sciences.
  • You have acquired a good background in marine electromagnetics during your studies, a doctoral thesis or several years of work in a survey company (or similar).
  • You are ready to get involved in the more complex data collection of EM data on an AUV and in particular in its interpretation in cooperation with Belgian colleagues, in this respect you can draw on knowledge from similar work.
  • You have a fluent command of spoken and written English.
  • You have acquired basic knowledge in the use of GIS systems and a basic understanding of databases through your previous activities.
  • You have some programming experience e.g. in Java Script, Python, C#, or C++ or have worked with R, MatLab or equivalent.
  • If possible, you are familiar with the topic of marine munition and have already worked in this field.
  • Ideally you are communicative and enjoy working in a group

Our offer:

  • You will work at one of the world's leading marine research centers, in a multinational and multidisciplinary working group.
  • You will work closely with the AUV group at GEOMAR, with several technicians and engineers involved in the BASTA project.
  • You can directly and closely exchange information with computer scientists and computer scientists regarding AI methods, efficient HPC or GPU clusters are available at the university or at GEOMAR.
  • You have access to large datasets of the project partners and stakeholders via the project.
  • You are working on a problem that has a direct impact on coastal life and that needs to be addressed.
  • You can expect a nice working environment and competent/friendly colleagues.


The position is available for a funding period of 3 years from 1 December 2019. 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. The position can be split, but in this case a very close agreement between the employees must be reached. A thematic division into a) the development of AI methods workflows and b) the EM sensor adjustment with evaluation is possible. Flexible working time models are generally possible.

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