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Postdoctoral Researcher(s) (f/m/x) Landscape Response to Climate Change
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 4.6 "Geomorphology" (department 4 "Geosystems"), we are looking for 1 or 2:

Postdoctoral Researcher(s) (f/m/x) Landscape Response to Climate Change

Reference Number 4768

The ERC Consolidator Grant “GyroSCoPe: Geomorphic and Sedimentary response to Climate Periodicity” is designed to explore how periodic forcing of climate and changes in the dominant forcing period through time affect (1) landscape evolution of mountainous regions, (2) the morphology of alluvial channels, and (3) the arrival of sediment signals in downstream sedimentary sinks. A team of multiple post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, and Masters students will pursue these questions in three selected field areas: the Central Andes of Argentina, the Patagonian Andes of Chile and Argentina, and the Kyrgyz Tien Shan.

Your responsibilities:

  • organize and implement field campaigns to collect data with the aim of testing hypotheses related to the impact of the Mid-Pleistocene Transition on landscape evolution and sediment transport
  • perform (with help of student assistants) laboratory work to process samples for analysis
  • test new data against models
  • assist PhD students, Masters students, and/or interns working on related problems
  • present results at international conferences, archive data, and publish results in peer-reviewed ISI journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PhD in Geosciences, Geological engineering, or related field
  • familiarity with or strong interest in fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, techniques for dating landforms (OSL, cosmogenic nuclides, 14C), and/or techniques for tracking changes in landscape relief (low-temperature thermochronology)
  • interest in and willingness to conduct field work and data collection
  • some experience with coding in Matlab and/or Python, or strong interest in learning
  • knowledge of organizing data in a geographic information system (ArcMap/QGIS)
  • ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals shown by a track record of publications
  • ability to work within a team, with excellent interpersonal skills
  • experience or interest in proposal writing, with willingness to apply for follow-up projects
  • fluency in spoken and written English required; basic German-language skills would be helpful
  • depending on the field site, basic Spanish language skills may be helpful

Start date: 1st September 2021
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
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
  • 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
  • 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 15th March 2021. Please use our online application form only.
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. 
In case of any further queries relating to the role’s responsibilities, please contact Prof. Taylor Schildgen on taylor.schildgen@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


Louise Poralla
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787