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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.

Postdoc (f_m_x) Re-Entry Position

Reference Number 6244

You had a professional family-related break and are now looking for an option to re-start your career?

The GFZ endeavors to facilitate the return into scientific work for post-doctoral scientists who have taken a career break (maternity leave, parental leave and periods of caring for a relative). For this reason, every year the GFZ offers a re-entry position for up to 2 years aimed at (former) GFZ-Postdocs.

How to apply for a re-entry position:

  • The application is made from an ongoing, an inactive or a former work relationship with the GFZ.
  • Your professional sabbatical is at least 6 months and, in the case of current employment, the remaining contractual term is a maximum of 3 months.
  • Upload your detailed CV with list of publications, certificates and references
  • Submit information on the scientific concept and work plans for the requested time period (up to 3 DIN
    A4 pages)
  • Provide details of the planned weekly working hours and your desired start date
  • Provide a statement by the future workgroup leader or Section Head

The hiring decision is made according to the regulations of the GFZ with the participation of the corresponding (Equal Opportunities Officer, Staff Council, Disabled Persons' Representative Council), the Head of HR and the Executive Board.

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre 
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work

Start date: Flexible
Fixed-term: Min. 12 months up to max. 24 months
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: Part-time / Full-time
Place of work: Potsdam, Oberpfaffenhofen, Niemegk (depending on the respective employment contract)

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 25th September 2022. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Ute Weckmann via email at ute.weckmann[at]gfz-potsdam.de . If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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