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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 Modeling (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Scientist (f_m_x) - Modelling Interplay of Deep and Surface Processes in Plate Tectonics (MEET Project)

Reference Number 6562

The ERC (European Research Council) Synergy Grant is the top prestigious research grant in Europe. Grant winner of 2019 Project MEET (Monitoring of Earth Evolution through Time) combines innovative geochemical and petrological studies of evolution of chemical composition of Earth’s crust and mantle from 4.4 billion years ago to present and physics-based geodynamic modelling of Earth’s deep and surface processes.

We are searching for an experienced modeler who will develop numerical models of mantle convection and evolution of plate tectonics using ASPECT code, with focus on interaction of deep and surface processes including surface erosion/sedimentation and climate. The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the section Earth Surface Process Modelling at GFZ, with climate modelers at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and with the geochemical groups of MEET Project in Grenoble (France) and Madison (USA). 

Your responsibilities:

  • Conduct 2D and 3D global computational models of mantle convection with plate tectonics during the last 2 Billion years of Earth evolution using ASPECT code
  • In cooperation with partners from section Earth Surface Process Modelling at GFZ develop routines for coupling of deep and surface processes to investigate possible feedbacks between surface processes and plate tectonics
  • Adopt, improve and optimize the ASPECT code
  • Design models and interpret modeling results in close cooperation with the partner geochemists
  • Participate in the project workshops
  • Present results at international conferences and in scientific publications

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree and PhD degree (or equivalent) in geophysics, physics, geology or a related discipline in Geosciences
  • Experience in scientific programming (particularly C, C++)
  • Experience in geodynamic modelling with advanced codes, in particular ASPECT code
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team
  • Very good knowledge of the English language in spoken and written

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: 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  30th November 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 Prof. Stephan Sobolev either via email at stephan.sobolev@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-1940. 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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