Postdoc in Microbial Biogeochemistry at GEOMAR

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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 marin e sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit “Biological Oceanography, Microbial Biogeochemistry” of the research division “Marine Biogeochemistry”is offering a Scientific Employee (Postdoc) position, starting on April 1st 201 8 .

Job Description

The successful candidate will examine the microbial turnover of organic matter in the ocean. He/She will plan and conduct sea – going expeditions as well as develop further methods to determine microbial processes in situ . T he focus of this position lies o n field studies of microbial primary and secondary production. The successful candidate will engage in student training classes.


A requirement for this position is a completed university degree (diploma / Master) as well as a PhD relating to Biological Oceanography / Biology / Life Sciences. In addition, very good knowledge of marine pelagic processes and marine microbiology is imperat ive. The candidate should exhibit practical experience in the planning and realization of longer, sea – going expeditions. We presume ability and willingness for sea – going research together with handling radiotracer s ( 14 C/ 3 H) . Another requisite for this position is to furnish proof of successful publication activity.

The position is available for a funding period of three years with the option for another three years, provided positive evaluation.

The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

 The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E14 TVöD – Bund of the German tariff for public employees.
 This is a full – time position according to 100 % of a full – time equivalent.

The position cannot be split, flexible working times are possible.

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.

Please mention the keyword “Mikrobielle Biogeochemie” on the envelope and on the application / alternatively: Please mention the keyword in the subject line. Please s end your application (cover letter, CV, certificates, description of relevant employment and experience, list of publications, two reference letters ) for this post not later than February 1, 2018 in a single pdf – file using the keyword ” Mikrobielle Biogeoch emie ” to the following address:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


Bewerbungsmanagement / „ Mikrobielle Biogeochemie “

Wischhofstr. 1 – 3

D – 24148 Kiel


As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

 For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Anja Engel (
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 bewerbung[at] In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Associati on and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or


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