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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 2.3 “Geomagnetism”/ Department 2 “Geophysics” we invite applications for a

Postdoc Position in Geomagnetism (m/f)
Reference No. 58/23/17 G

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic scientist for a 22-month post-doctoral research position at GFZ. The researcher’s primary objective will be to develop a new inversion technique to estimate atmospheric tides in the earth’s upper atmosphere on the basis of the analysis of geomagnetic solar-quiet (Sq) variations. The project aims to make a major step forward in the global monitoring of the upper atmospheric weather. Experience in geomagnetic field data analysis and ionospheric modeling are appreciated.

  • analyse geomagnetic Sq variations using ground-based and satellite magnetometer data
  • develop and use a numerical model of the ionospheric wind dynamo
  • develop an inversion technique that determines atmospheric tides from the magnetic data and ionospheric dynamo model
  • Master’s degree or equivalent and PhD in geophysics, physics, mathematics or related disciplines
  • strong publication record
  • ability to write/execute new analysis software to undertake the required data analysis and modelling
Starting date Thursday, 01. February 2018
Fixed term 22 months
Salary EG13 TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet 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 01. November 2017 quoting the reference no. 58/23/17 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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