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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 2.6 Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Project Manager (f_m_x) for the EU-project Geo-INQUIRE

Reference Number 6304

Geo-INQUIRE is setting out to enhance the access to key data sets, “big” data streams, and high-performance computing codes to encourage and support curiosity-driven research within the geoscience and geo-resource domains. Such resources are becoming ever more critical to studying the temporal variations in processes affecting the solid Earth, forecasting multi-hazards, and understanding the processes occurring at the interface between the solid Earth and its fluid envelops. Geo-INQUIRE is supported by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe program, within their infrastructure call. With a budget of around 16 million euros and a consortium of 51 members and a portfolio of over 150 products and services, Geo-INQUIRE offers a challenging opportunity to be at the forefront of efforts to expand the openness of European geoscience and the exploitation of such rich variety of data, products, and services.

Your responsibilities:

  • Oversee the general progress of the project within the context of the work plan
  • Be part of the project management team and support the project scientific coordinator and scientific director in the day-to-day running of the project’s activities
  • Maintain communication between the project management team and the consortium as a whole, especially with the work package and task leadership
  • Be the main point of contact between the project management team and the project officer in Brussels
  • Ensure the timely coordination, completion, and submission of all required reports (technical and financial) to the European Commission
  • Oversee the maintenance of the project website, the production and dissemination of the project newsletter, and other dissemination actions as the occasion arises, including with the GFZ press office
  • Ensure the timely completion of the expected deliverables, including the associated quality control
  • Assist the project scientific coordinator to resolve any conflicts of whatever nature that arise within the project consortium, or between the project and the European Commission. This includes any required changes to the work plan
  • Organize the annual assemblies of the project in collaboration with the hosting partner
  • Arrange and attend regular management meetings between the project management team and other leaders within the project, as well as distributing the resulting protocols
  • Ensure the efficient use of project resources and arranging the timely payments to project partners via the GFZ administration

Your qualifications:

  • You are a scientist (PhD degree)  with project management skills or you have studied business administration (Msc or PhD degree) and have a solid experience in science.
  • Experience in the management and coordination of research projects within the context of European Commission calls
  • A knowledge of geosciences and/or geo-resources would be advantage, but is not essential
  • The working language of the project is English. Knowledge of German would be an advantage, but is not essential
  • Experience with the commonly known management would be an advantage, but not essential

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: 4 years
Salary: The salary grouping is determined by the conditions of the Collective Wage Agreement “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)” and the appropriate 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 15th August 2022. Please use our online application form only.
Further information may be obtained from the project coordinator Prof. Fabrice Cotton (fcotton@gfz-potsdam.de) and project director Dr. Angelo Strollo (strollo@gfz-potsdam.de).

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.

If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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