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Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x)
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.
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (GFZ) German Research Centre for Geosciences, Section 1.4 “Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics” in Department 1 “Geodesy” invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x)

Reference Number 4661

in the field of imaging spectroscopy in geosciences as part of the scientific preparation and support of the EnMAP mission.

The Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) is the future German hyperspectral satellite mission funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The main scientific goal of EnMAP is to provide high-quality data for the analysis of environmental changes, ecosystem responses to human activities, and the management of natural resources. The GFZ Potsdam has the scientific lead of the mission and is responsible for (1) airborne campaigns, in-situ and laboratory measurements for the scientific development and evaluation of retrieval approaches, (2) data pre-processing, data simulation and data quality assessment, (3) application development and validation in the research fields geology and soil sciences, and (4) scientific coordination and community building and training activities.

As part of the EnMAP team you will be responsible for planning and conducting field campaigns in geological study sites and for the further development of software for mineralogical mapping and validation based on imaging spectroscopy data from EnMAP and other satellite missions as well as from airborne campaigns.

Your responsibilities:

  • organise and implement field campaigns and collect in-situ data on EnMAP scale in study sites in Greece, Spain and Germany
  • further develop and validate software tools for mineralogical mapping as part of the EnMAP-Box based on PRISMA satellite and airborne imaging spectroscopy data
  • validate the developed tools with EnMAP data after the satellite launch
  • present and publish results at conferences and in international journals

Your qualifications:

  • MSc or PhD in Geosciences, Soil Sciences, Geo-ecology or related disciplines with a strong background in remote sensing and/or VNIR spectroscopy
  • thorough knowledge in mineralogical identification and/or geological mapping from remote sensing, knowledge of soil sciences including soil processes, terrestrial ecosystems, and global change issues would be a plus
  • experience in hyperspectral remote sensing data analysis
  • experience in conducting field campaigns and in-situ data collection including use of spectrometers in field and lab
  • excellent quantitative analytical and coding skills, pre-knowledge of Python desirable
  • ability to publish shown by a track record of publications
  • experience in proposal writing would be a plus, willingness to apply for follow-up projects
  • ability to work both independently and in a team environment with collaborations to national and international colleagues
  • fluency in spoken and written English is a prerequisite, basics of the German language would be helpful
  • driving license

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 12 months with possible extension to 31st December 2022 (subject to funding approval)
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); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Place of work: Telegrafenberg, 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 
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • 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 by the 31st January 2021 (extended). Please use our online application form only.
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. 
In case of any further queries relating to the role’s responsibilities, please contact Dr. Sabine Chabrillat via phone +49 (0) 331 288-1108. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


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14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787
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