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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With 1280 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.

For Section 1.3 “Earth System Modelling” we invite applications for a

Research Scientist (m/f) in Modelling of Ice-Sheet Dynamics
Reference No. 21/13/16 G

The position is announced for a young researcher to represent the ice-dynamics component in the earth-system modelling section of GFZ which provides analyses for geodetic observing systems and present-day dynamics.

  • numerical modelling of large-scale continental ice-sheet dynamics
  • quantification of ice-sheet dynamics and glacial mass balances from satellite observations
  • dynamic interaction of ice-sheet and glacier dynamics with ocean, continental hydrosphere and solid earth
  • assimilation of glacial models to geodetic and geophysical observations
  • quantification of model-inherent uncertainties
  • Master’s degree and Ph.D. degree in physics, geophysics, glaciology, oceanography or a related discipline
  • advanced skills in numerical process modelling and statistical analysis of data
  • experiences in data assimilation techniques are an advantage
  • interest in cooperative research in a multidisciplinary and international environment
  • good command of English
Starting date as soon as possible
Fixed term 3 years
Salary EG 13 TVöD-Bund (Ost)
Working hours full-time (currently 39 h/week)
The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Location Potsdam

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

Please submit your application by 15. April 2016 quoting the reference no. 21/13/16 G via email to Please combine your application documents (letter of motivation, CV and certificates) into a single PDF file with a size of up to 3 megabytes.

Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.

We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call us at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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