The GFZ (GeoForschungsZentrum) is the national German Research Centre for Geosciences, this name indicating its prominent position in the German research landscape.
The work being done at the GFZ is international, however, since the investigation of System Earth is not a venture that stops at national borders. Research projects take our researchers all over the planet, and we also have many types of collaboration with international partners.
In addition to being very international, work at the GFZ has great current relevance. Pressing challenges such as natural catastrophes or the utilisation of raw material deposits are among the wide spectrum of epistemological interests connected with our research.
GFZ employees work with the latest equipment, and if something further is required to achieve the desired results, the development of new technologies and methods is not an uncommon part of our work at the centre.
An international working environment featuring exciting research projects ultimately provides added value for all employees at the GFZ, and our scientists are supported by highly motivated and well-trained technology and administration staff. The work is service-oriented and involves continual improvement of methods and processes. At the GFZ, we particularly encourage suggestions for improvements.
Since its establishment in 1992, the GFZ has been continually growing. With 280 employees at the beginning, that number has now increased to more than 1200 (including visiting scientists).
Advantages that make the GFZ stand out as an employer, apart from the beautiful scenic location of the headquarters on the "Telegrafenberg" hill in Potsdam, are detailed on the following pages.