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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 1,500 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.

For Section 1.1 “Space Geodetic Techniques” we invite applications for a:

Research Scientist (f_m_x) - GNSS processing

Reference Number 9054

To support our GNSS Analysis Center and our long-term work within the Galileo Geodetic Reference Service Provider, we are looking for a research scientist. The advertised position combines geodetic research and operational tasks. An international integration and cooperation with other disciplines is given e.g. via the International GNSS Service (IGS). 

Your tasks:

  • Analysis of GPS and Galileo observation data with the analysis software EPOS.P8 in the framework of the Galileo Geodetic Reference Service Provider
  • Independent research on improved orbit determination for GNSS and LEO satellites, advanced geoscientific applications, or usage of artificial intelligence in the GNSS processing
  • Assessment of the derived GNSS products, integration of new developments into operational routines, and validation with independent methods (e.g., satellite laser ranging)

Your qualifications:

  • Scientific university education and doctorate in geodesy or related disciplines (e.g., geoinformatics, mathematics, physics, informatics), or comparable qualification (e.g., work experience) 
  • Experience in GNSS data processing 
  • Experience in developing scientific program packages, knowledge in Unix/Linux-based operating system environments and script programming are an advantage
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Capability to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • High motivation and personal responsibility

Please note that the requirements of the 'Programme Security Instructions concerning European GNSS Programmes' (European GNSS PSI) apply to this vacancy (eligibility: EU citizens as well as Norway and Switzerland).

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: 3 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 3rd March 2024. 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], 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]

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. Benjamin Männel either via email at benjamin.maennel[at]  or phone +49 (0)331-6264-2815. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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