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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 1.1. "Space Geodetic Techniques" (department 1 “Geodesy”), we are looking for a:

Postdoc (f/m/x)

Reference Number 5194

within the German Research Foundation (DFG) project ”NextGNSS4GGOS” - Next generation GNSS constellations for GGOS-compliant geodetic solutions.

The position aims at carrying out comprehensive and most realistic simulations in order to analyze the potential of next generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) constellations with new observation types for improved global terrestrial reference frame (TRF), Earth orientation parameters (EOP), and Earth’s gravity, all of them meeting the requirements defined by the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS).

Your responsibilities::

  • Model improvement and software development of the new observation types such as inter-satellite ranges, highly precise optical clocks, accelerations, attitude data
  • Simulation and recovery of the new observation types with precise orbit determination of medium and low orbit satellites
  • Assessment of the new observation types under various options for satellite orbits
  • Preparation and presentation of the results in project meetings, conferences, in peer-reviewed scientific journals and project reports

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diploma or equivalent) and PhD in geodesy or related fields
  • Knowledge and expertise in precise orbit determination
  • Knowledge and expertise in analysis of space geodetic data, preferably GNSS
  • Experience in programming (Fortran90, scripting) and in using scientific software packages
  • Experience in using Unix/Linux OS environments
  • Very good English skills in spoken and written form
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to a multi-disciplinary and international team with the appropriate communicative competence
  • High motivation as well as structured and independent way of working

Start date: 1st August 2021
Fixed-term: 24 months with option for extension
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost or West depending on place of work)". 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: Potsdam or Oberpfaffenhofen

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 Potsdam
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam or
  • Attractive location in Oberpfaffenhofen in proximity to the DLR
  • Depending on working place:
    • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus or
    • in walking distance of Neugilching S-Bahn station, or just a short ride on a shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 20th June 2021. 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@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@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.-Ing. Susanne Glaser via email at susanne.glaser@gfz-potsdam.de . If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.


Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787
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