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Student Assistant (m/f/x) in Geomagnetism
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees (including our guests) we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
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 2.3 "Geomagnetismus" (department 2 “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

Student Assistant (m/f/x) in Geomagnetism

Reference Number 4587

for the project Untangling fast Earth's magnetic field variations with modeling the Levant geomagnetic field

The internal magnetic field of Earth exhibits spatial and temporal variations that are observed indirectly over geological timescales via remanent magnetization in rocks, archeological artefacts and sediments, directly over the past centuries by observatories and nowadays measured by satellites. While the present-day geomagnetic field is characterized by anomalous low in field intensity in the Southern Hemisphere, the past geomagnetic field variations reveal periods of anomalous high intensity – one well known event is the Levantine Iron Age Anomaly, which happened in the Levant region. Furthermore, the data from the same region show extreme variations with the field intensity increasing and decreasing very rapidly. Based on a recent catalog of archeomagnetic data and a new sediment record from the Dead Sea, the first geomagnetic field model for the Levant region spanning the past 4000 years, with high spatial and temporal resolution, will be built in order to understand the processes at the core-mantle boundary responsible for these extreme variations.

Your responsibilities:

  • learn how to do geomagnetic field models, using codes written in Fortran and MATLAB
  • get familiar with paleomagnetic and archeomagnetic data, expand and improve the database
  • make a geomagnetic field model of the Levant region covering the past 4000 years using spherical harmonic analysis and a new averaging kernel method  
  • prepare results for publishing in a journal

Your qualifications:

  • strong ability to work autonomously
  • profound knowledge in mathematics, geoscience or equivalent
  • good command of spoken and written English
  • experience with MATLAB/Fortran is helpful

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 10 months
Salary: Remuneration is according to the rules of the TdL (tariff area East) for student assistants with a Bachelor’s degree: currently € 12.21/h
Working hours: 34 h/month
Place of work: Potsdam

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 
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application (CV, certificates, enrolment confirmation) by the 18th November 2020 (extended) by e-mail to Dr. Sanja Panovska (sanja.panovska@gfz-potsdam.de).
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law IX.
Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation. 


Louise Poralla
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1655
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Franca Buge
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1676
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