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PhD Student (f/m/x) - GNSS Processing and Time Series Analysis
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 1.1 "Space Geodetic Techniques" (department "Geodesy"), we are looking for a:

PhD Student (f/m/x) - GNSS Processing and Time Series Analysis

Reference Number 5215

The advertised PhD position combines the GNSS processing and time series analysis with specific geodynamic applications of the data obtained at GFZ observatories, for instance in South America. The position is based in the Neotectonics group and is closely linked to the Section's operational GNSS analysis centers.

Your responsibilities:

  • Methodological development of GNSS analysis, in particular with respect to non-tidal loading and specific environmental influences of the antenna near-field
  • Analysis of GNSS coordinate time series, among other scientific questions with regard to extended modeling and the determination of relevant parameters
  • Comparison and validation of GNSS time series with external, alternative data sets and solutions
  • Support of operational GNSS analysis in Section 1.1 in an interdisciplinary context

Your qualifications:

  • Scientific university education in the field of geodesy or comparable
  • Experience in the analysis of large GNSS data sets with scientific software packages is an advantage
  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux-based operating system environments and Shell/Perl programming
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Willingness to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • Willingness to perform field work and GNSS station maintenance in Germany and abroad
  • High motivation and personal responsibility

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 36 month
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: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
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
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  27th June 2021. 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@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@gfz-potsdam.de.

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@gfz-potsdam.de or under +49 (0)331-288-2815. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.


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

Für Fragen zur Gleichstellung steht Ihnen die Gleichstellungsbeauftragte des GFZ, Frau Dr. Weckmann unter Tel. +49 331 288-2824 bzw. per E-Mail zur Verfügung.

Fragen zur Mitarbeit schwerhinderter Personen beantwortet gerne die Schwerbindertenvertreterin des GFZ, Frau Thiel unter Tel. +49 331 288-1648 bzw. per E-Mail.