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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 1.1 “Space Geodetic Techniques” in Department 1 “Geodesy” we invite applications for a

Research Position “Astrometry with Very Long Baseline Interferometry and Gaia (ESA) satellite data” (m/f)
Reference No. 64/11/17 D

  • determination and comparison of celestial coordinates obtained at radio frequencies
  • radio – optical counterparts including radio source structure information
  • alignment of celestial frames determined by VLBI and other techniques
  • investigation of systematic effects of celestial coordinates
  • research towards inclusion of radio stars and observations of the Gaia satellite
  • publication of relevant results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • documentation and assistance of the DFG Project ( joint with Technische Universität Berlin and GFZ
  • Master (or equivalent) degree in Geodesy, Astronomy, Physics or Mathematics
  • experience in geodetic/astrometric VLBI data analysis (master thesis, internship or post-educational) and/or with other space geodetic technique(s) preferable
  • very good skills in programming, e.g. MatLab (MathWorks ®)
  • very good command of written and spoken English
  • communicational skills that qualify as a team player in an international, multi-disciplinary project group
Starting date 1 May 2018 (latest)
Fixed term 3 years
Salary EG 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)
Working hours part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
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.

Please submit your application by 23. November 2017 quoting the reference no. 64/11/17 D 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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