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Student Assistant (f/m/x)
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
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 1.3 "Earth System Modelling" (department “Geodesy”), we are looking for a:

Student Assistant (f/m/x)

Reference Number 4750

Section 1.3 “Earth System Modelling” of GFZ is focusing on the numerical representation of transient dynamics in both the Solid Earth and near-surface geophysical fluids like atmosphere and ocean. We are particularly interested in modeling phenomena that affect present-day geodetic and geophysical observations taken on the ground or from space.

In order to provide prospective PhD students early insights into our work, we are offering two students assistant positions to work on a small research project from the variety of themes given on our website.

Examples are:

  • global ocean tides
  • sea-level variations due to past and present ice-mass changes
  • ocean data assimilation and nudging
  • soil moisture and surface water mass re-distribution

Section 1.3 seeks to increase the number of female researchers in its workforce and therefore particularly invites interested women to apply.

Your responsibilities:

  • literature study to a dedicated topic in Earth System Modelling
  • design of a model experiment with a controlled variation of a small set of parameters
  • statistical analysis and plotting of numerical model results
  • presentation of results in a small group seminar

Your qualifications:

  • B.Sc. in Science or Engineering
  • basic knowledge of linux computing systems including batch scripting
  • basic knowledge of time series analysis methods
  • Microsoft Powerpoint

Start date: 1st June 2021
Fixed-term: 2 Months
Salary: Remuneration is according to the rules of the TdL (tariff area East) for student assistants with a Bachelor’s degree: currently € 12.21/h
Working hours: 20 h (80 h per Month)
Place of work: Potsdam

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
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 25th April 2021 by e-mail to Dana Felski (dana.felski@gfz-potsdam.de).
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.
Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation. 


Franca Buge
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787

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