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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 4.6 Geomorphology (department “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Network manager (f_m_x) for the EU MSCA Doctoral Network “EnvSeis”

Reference Number 6364

Are you passionate in supporting young scientists at the start of their career? In the doctoral network EnvSeis, 12 early stage researchers (ESRs) will be trained in the emerging field of environmental seismology, in which seismic methods are used to study processes at or near the Earth's surface, such as landsliding, river sediment transport, debris flows, and glacial processes. The ESRs will be hosted by partners in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Israel, Sweden, and Norway, and meet in joined training activities. EnvSeis is supported as a doctoral network by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The position is limited until August 2026.

Your responsibilities:

  • Oversee the general activities of the network within the context of the work plan
  • Be part of the project management team and support the project scientific coordinator and the principal investigators in the day-to-day running of the network activities
  • Understand and be responsible for communicating and providing guidance to the Network partners on the complex operational regulations of Marie Curie Doctoral Networks
  • Maintain communication between the project management team and the consortium as a whole
  • Be the main point of contact between the project management team and the project officers located at the beneficiaries and partners, and in Brussels
  • Ensure the timely coordination and completion of all deliverables and training events that are part of the network plan and of all required reports to the European Commission
  • Assist with the organization of short courses, training events, meetings and workshops
  • Advice on seismic instruments and their deployment for the network projects
  • Assist in instrument maintenance, in the lab and during field deployments
  • Assist in seismic data analysis
  • Support the network’s scientists in training and scientific activities
  • Oversee the maintenance of the project website, the production and dissemination of the project newsletter, and other dissemination actions as the occasion arises, in coordination with the GFZ press office
  • Ensure the efficient use of project resources and arrange timely payments to project and external partners via the GFZ administration

Your qualifications:

  • You have a master´s degree or equivalent with doctoral training in the geosciences or a related field.
  • You have experience in project management.
  • You have a broad knowledge of geosciences.
  • You have experience in seismic data acquisition and analysis, specifically in environmental seismology.
  • You have experience with communication and outreach activities (e.g., video production).
  • Experience with science communication in social networks is of advantage.
  • The working language of the project is English. Knowledge of further languages, especially German and French, is of advantage.

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

Start date: As soon as possible.
Fixed-term: Until August 2026
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 26th August 2022. 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[at]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[at]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. Jens Turowski either via email at jens.turowski@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-28762. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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