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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 1,400 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 our section 1.4 Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (department "Geodesy") we are looking for a: 

Researcher (post-doc) in Forest close-range sensing (f_m_x)

Reference Number 6850

We strive to establish remote sensing as a core method for Earth Sciences and geo- and nature-based solutions. You will be able to draw from the broad expertise and projects within the section, enhance collaboration and contribute to an innovative environment for a diverse group of people and ideas.

Your research will contribute to innovative ideas as part of the StrucNet and IDEAS-QA4EO projects, and as active member of the section.

Your responsibilities:

  • Support the establishment of a network for the routine recording of vegetation structure parameters (StrucNet)
  • Development and application of methods for the evaluation of the generated data
  • Scientific contribution to the IDEAS-QA4EO project
  • Scientific qualification in the field of scientific publications, application for research projects, expansion of the network and visibility of results

Your qualifications:

  • Master`s degree or equivalent and especially a PhD degree (or PhD about to be defended) in geography/geosciences, remote sensing, environmental sciences
  • You are an innovative researcher willing to contribute to the establishment of StrucNet, a novel network for monitoring vegetation structural parameters at globally distributed sites
  • You have experience with close-range sensing like Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Unoccupied Aerial Vehicle Laser Scanning (UAV-LS), UAVs in general and field spectroscopy
  • You are an enthusiastic teammate willing to join us for exciting collaborative research and expanding your scientific career

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: Post-doc researcher position for 2 years
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost).” The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  7th February 2023. 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. Benjamin Brede via email at brede@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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