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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 2.5 "Geodynamic Modelling" (Department 2 “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Doctoral researcher (f_m_x) – Data Analysis of Strain Evolution in Rifts

Reference Number 6451

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing and using data analysis workflows to extract discrete faults from 3D, time-dependent geodynamic models and geophysical data sets
  • Conducting and interpreting thermo-mechanical models using the geodynamic research software ASPECT
  • Comparison and interpretation of fault characteristics from models and geophysical data
  • Interacting and collaborating with other members of the Geodynamic Modelling Section and the Geophysics Department
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings and in publications in peer-reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences, Physics, or Engineering
  • Experience and knowledge of the development and use of data analysis techniques in geosciences
  • Experience in Python programming and model visualization
  • Experience in geodynamic modelling is an asset
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills
  • Capacity for international teamwork, and excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset

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: 1st November 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: Part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  29th September 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 Sascha Brune either via email at brune@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288 1928. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-288-28787.

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