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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.

Research Scientist (m/f)
Reference No. 66/51/17 D

The aim of the research is to obtain high-resolution (i.e. decadal) records of continental paleohydrological changes in northern, central and southern Europe at the end of the last ice age to understand the impact of abrupt changes in temperature on the water cycle. For this, organic-geochemical and stable isotope-based methods (e.g. biomarkers δD and δ13C ) as well as spatial data analysis and modelling studies are to be employed. 

The research is part of the project STEEPclim (Spatiotemporal evolution of the hydrological cycle throughout the European continent during past abrupt climate changes), which is funded by the European Research Council, ERC, under an ERC Consolidator Grant to Dr. Dirk Sachse. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of several researchers in this ERC project.

  • preparation of lipid extracts from sediments and analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and GC-coupled isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS)
  • evaluation, visualization, interpretation and spatial analysis of data and results
  • performing and evaluating the output of climate model experiments and comparison with proxy data
  • Master’s degree and PhD degree in geosciences and/or geochemistry
  • experience with organic-(geo) chemical and/or stable isotope-based methods and analysis (GC-MS, GC-IRMS, HPLC-MS)
  • experience with spatial data analysis (e.g. GIS)
  • expertise with global/regional climate model experiments is an advantage
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • interest in research in a multidisciplinary and international environment
Starting date as soon as possible
Fixed term max. 32 months (until 7/2020)
Salary EG 13 TVöD-Bund (Ost)
Working hours full-time (currently 39h/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.

Please submit your application by 17. November 2017 quoting the reference no. 66/51/17 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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