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Scientist in Hydrogravimetry (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.
For section 4.4 Hydrologie (department “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Scientist in Hydrogravimetry (f/m/x)

Reference Number 5251

The Collaborative Research Centre CRC 1464 "TerraQ - relativistic and quantum-based geodesy", funded by the German Research Foundation is characterised by its unique interdisciplinarity of quantum physics and geodesy. TerraQ aims to advance quantum-based measurement concepts for monitoring mass changes from space and on ground, combined with the corresponding data analysis and modelling, in order to provide sophisticated tools that significantly enhance our knowledge on the involved change processes in the system Earth. The position is part of the TerraQ subproject C05 "Modelling of Mass Variations Down to Small Scales by Quantum Sensor Fusion" which is a collaboration activity of GFZ Potsdam, Leibniz University Hannover and HafenCity University Hamburg. The position will contribute with terrestrial gravimetry and hydrological monitoring and modelling to a combination approach of satellite gravimetry, terrestrial gravimetry and GNSS loading observations that ultimately aims at developing models of regional time-variable gravity and total water storage variations.

Your responsibilities:

  • Design of an innovative regional gravimetric monitoring network with relative and absolute gravimeters
  • Optimization of mobile gravimetric and hydrological field monitoring units
  • Running hydro-gravimetric monitoring sites and measurements campaings
  • Field operation of quantum gravimeters
  • Designing and maintaining adequate data management infrastructures
  • Processing of gravimetric and hydrological observation data including error assessment
  • Evaluation and interpretation of gravity-based water storage variations and different temporal and spatial scales
  • Close collaboration within an interdisciplinary team of technicians, PhD students and scientists at various institutions
  • Presenting results at international conferences and in scientific publications

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in geodesy, hydrology, geophysics, geotechnology, or related sciences
  • Proven experience with running terrestrial gravimetric surveys
  • Proven experience with operating Muquans quantum gravimeters
  • In-depth understanding of hydrological processes
  • Technical and scientific expertise in designing and operating hydro-gravimetric field monitoring stations, including power supply management for self-sufficient remote operations
  • Expertise in applying and analyzing hydro-geophysical field methods (Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensing, ERT and others)
  • Experience in organizing field campaigns with multiple partners incl. federal agencies
  • Very good programming skills in Python and R with version control
  • Skills in GIS, database programming and near-real-time automatized data transfer routines for field data
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team

Start date: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 3.5 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, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Place of work: Telegrafenberg Potsdam
The position offers the possibility of graduating as Dr. rer. nat. (PhD).

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

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by  22nd 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.

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In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Güntner either via email at andreas.guentner@gfz-potsdam.de or under +49 (0)331-288-1559. 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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