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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.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities. 
For section 4. 8 "Geoenergy" (department “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Scientist (f_m_x) Digital Twin

Reference Number 6257

The recruited post-doctoral researcher will work within the framework of the EU HORIZON-INFRA-2021-TECH-01 DT-GEO project, which aims at deploying a prototype digital twin (DT) for anthropogenic geophysical extreme forecasting (AGEF). The successful candidate will work at GFZ Potsdam (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences) for two years in the section 4.8 “Geoenergy” and in close collaboration with the project partners (ITES, IG PAS).

Project description:

The “DT-GEO” project aims to deploy a prototype “Digital Twins” (DT) on geophysical extremes consisting of interrelated Digital Twin Components (DTC) dealing with different types of geohazards including natural and anthropogenic induced earthquakes, volcanoes and earthquake-landslide triggered tsunamis. Here, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher contributing to the development of the DTC related to Anthropogenic Geophysical Extremes Forecasting with three workflow outcomes: forecasting of long-range responses of georeservoirs, forecasting of late responses of georeservoirs, and modelling of the largest magnitude.  The DTC-AGEF will be tested through demonstrators at one relevant European site: Strasbourg geothermal site in France. The recruited post-doctoral researcher will work on georeservoir modeling.

Your responsibilities:

  • Data mining on thermal-hydraulic-mechanical reservoir characteristics and processes for particular sites (e.g. Soultz-sous-Forêts, Groß Schönebeck, Strasbourg)
  • Learning from TCS-AH episodes (Soultz-sous-Forêts & Groß Schönebeck) and applying this knowledge to Strasbourg case
  • Definition of a ‘site-specific’ detailed MOOSE/GOLEM model for each enhanced geothermal system (EGS)
  • Use of detailed models to analyse scale effects and to develop process understanding via model validation
  • Code development for the implementation of specific physical modules with C++
  • Forecasting of specific, self-defined operational cases
  • Collaborate closely in an interdisciplinary context with other researchers working on the DTC development of the DT-GEO project
  • Present, publish (ISI peer-review) and communicate research results at scientific meetings and in scholarly journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, geo-engineering, mathematics, or closely related field
  • PhD in computer science, geo-engineering, mathematics, or closely related field would be an advantage
  • 1-2 years of experience in numerical simulation
  • Expertise in data science / data analysis / HPC
  • Knowledge of development, validation and optimization of dynamic forward models
  • Programming skills (C++, MATLAB)
  • Proficiency in English (written/oral)
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Knowledge of geomechanics and/or geothermal systems will be considered a strong additional asset

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
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Start date: 1st October 2022
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 16th 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. Jean Schmittbuhl member of USIAS (Universite de Strasbourg) will be involved in the selection procedure. Your personal data will, of course, be treated confidentially and will be communicated to the involved person exclusively for the purpose of evaluating your professional suitability within the framework of this selection procedure. Once the procedure has been completed, the personal data will also be deleted there in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr.-Ing. Guido Blöcher either via email at bloech@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-1414. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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