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Postdoctoral Researcher (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 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 4.5 "Basin Modelling" (department 4 “Geosystems), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x)

Reference Number 4895

Project “Deformation mechanisms along the Main Marmara Fault DeMMaF”

We are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to work in the frame of the project “Deformation mechanisms along the Main Marmara Fault DeMMaF” funded in the DFG Priority Programme of the International Continental Drilling Program SPP 1006. The main objective is to assess how the rheological configuration of the lithosphere in concert with fluid dynamics control the present-day deformation and stress field along the North Anatolian Transform Fault in the Marmara region (NW Turkey) in order to improve the seismic hazard assessment for the mega city of Istanbul.

Your responsibilities:

  • extension and refinement of an existing 3D structural/density/rheology model integrating seismological data from the crustal/mantle tomography (velocity models of the mantle and the crust,) with gravity field data
  • modelling of the present-day seismo-tectonic state of the transform fault system in the Marmara region using new methods to simulate the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes controlling the present-day stress and deformation field
  • simulation of different thermal, deformation and stress field scenarios while integrating observational constraints on the hydraulic and mechanical activity of faults
  • cooperation with project partners in Turkey as well as with other SPP members working in the GONAF observatory or in other transform fault settings (e.g. San Andreas fault)
  • presentation of results at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journal
  • compiling project reports and deliverables

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree and PhD in Earth, Environmental or Physical Sciences, or in a related field
  • advanced expertise in numerical modeling and complex simulation environments
  • background in 3D data integration
  • knowledge of deformation principles, in particular fault characteristics and behavior  
  • demonstrated expertise in controlling factors for the thermal, deformation and stress field and the rheology of the lithosphere
  • experience in modeling of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes (programming skills, background in HPC environments and hybrid parallelization concepts are an asset)
  • familiarity with the regional geology of the North Anatolian Fault Zone
  • demonstrated capacity for international teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • creative and critical thinking and the ability to publish, demonstrated by a record of original and innovative publications

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 36 months
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 28th April 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 Mrs. Professor Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth on +49 (0) 331 288 1345. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


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

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