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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 1,300 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 4.8 Geoenergy (department Geosystems), we are looking for a:

Postdoc researcher (f/m/x) – Earth’s heat flow

Reference Number 5753

The working group “Exploration of Thermal Geosystems” at GFZ searches for a postdoc candidate to work on the ‘World Heat Flow Database Project’. The DFG project will be jointly conducted with the Technical University Dresden and is aimed at developing a new research data infrastructure for global heat-flow data and on re-evaluating existing data. The project is closely interconnected to the global collaborative activities of the community-driven Global Heat Flow Data Assessment Project, guided by the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC) of the IASPEI/IUGG and the Task Force VIII of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP). The postdoc researcher will help to overcome fundamental problems of the existing Global Heat Flow Database by reassessing and revising those data and by assisting in the technical coordination and information exchange with the global heat flow community.

Your responsibilities:

  • Revision of heat-flow data assembled in the Global Heat Flow Database
  • Development of database models, meta-data scheme, quality assessments
  • Organization of international workshops
  • Coordination and communication of work with the community members
  • Participation in the field/lab measurements for new heat flow data
  • Writing of scientific publications

Your qualifications:

  • Master degree or equivalent and PhD degree in geosciences
  • Experience in the determination of heat flow data in continental or/and marine environments
  • Skills in data-banking and programming (advantageous)
  • Communicative, interactive, creative
  • Fluent in English

What we offer:

  • An international collaborative research environment
  • Collaborative work in a skilled and motivated team
  • 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
  • Work place at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam within walking distance to the Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Start date: 1st April 2022
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 16th January 2022. Please use our online application form only. Interviews will be scheduled between 24th January 2022 - 28th January 2022.

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 Sven Fuchs either via email at fuchs@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-1713. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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