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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 2.5 "Geodynamic Modelling" (Department 2 “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral researcher (f_m_x) – Data Analysis of Strain Evolution in Rifts

Reference Number 6334

Rifts and rifted continental margins host significant natural resources, such as groundwater and geothermal energy, but are also sites of strong, infrequent earthquakes posing considerable natural hazard. To understand the occurrence of geohazards and georesources, we need to quantify how strain localises and how fault networks evolve in crustal-scale extensional systems. This project follows an innovative, multidisciplinary approach by using data analysis techniques in order to interpret big data sets from numerical geodynamic models and geophysical surveys. 

This project will be embedded in GFZ’s Section 2.5 “Geodynamic Modelling”. The post-doctoral researcher's role will be to develop and employ techniques involving computer vision, network and graph analysis to quantify fault dynamics in time-dependent 3D numerical forward models as well as 2D and 3D geophysical data sets. Results will be compared to manual interpretations of both data types and interpreted in terms of their geodynamic context in order to shed new light on the dynamics of normal fault networks in space and time.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing and using data analysis workflows to extract discrete faults from 3D, time-dependent geodynamic models and geophysical data sets
  • Conducting and interpreting thermo-mechanical models using the geodynamic research software ASPECT
  • Comparison and interpretation of fault characteristics from models and geophysical data
  • Interacting and collaborating with other members of the Geodynamic Modelling Section and the Geophysics Department
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings and in publications in peer-reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree (or equivalent) and a PhD in Earth Sciences, Physics, or Engineering
  • Experience and knowledge of the development and use of data analysis techniques in geosciences
  • Knowledge of and experience with geodynamic modelling, preferentially the ASPECT research code
  • Experience in Python programming and model visualization
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills and the ability to publish, as demonstrated by a record of original and innovative publications
  • Capacity for international teamwork, and excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an 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: As soon as possible
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 1st 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.

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In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Sascha Brune either via email at sascha.brune@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-1928. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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