Postdoc Position (m/f/d) for the project C3: Sustainable adaptation scenarios for coastal systems, in the framework of the DFG Cluster of Excellence ´CliCCS-Climate, Climate Change and Society´, funded by the associated Helmholtz Excellence network

Beginn der Ausschreibung30.01.2019
Ende der Ausschreibung26.02.2019
InstitutInstitut für Küstenforschung
KontaktpersonErika Krüger

Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Institute of Coastal Research invites applications for a Postdoc position (m/f/d) for the project C3: Sustainable adaptation scenarios for coastal systems, in the framework of the DFG Cluster of Excellence ´CliCCS-Climate, Climate Change and Society´, funded by the associated Helmholtz Excellence network.

The Institute of coastal research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated and experienced researchers in the broad field of coastal research. Our research focus lies on coastal system research with specific expertise in regional coupled modelling on regional and coastal scales. At Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht numerical models are developed with the aim to determine the past and current state of the environment and to understand the impact of major drivers for future changes in the system.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht is partner in CliCCS, an ambitious research program at the University of Hamburg, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy. CliCCS aims to understand climate changes, taking into account internal variability, extreme events, and unexpected side effects, addressing the natural and social spheres as well as their interactions. CliCCS’ overarching research question is: Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible? The programme will investigate how climate changes and how society changes with it, thereby feeding back on climate. It will identify those climate futures that are consistent with both climate and social dynamics (possible), and those we expect to unfold with appreciable probability (plausible).

The positions are for the duration of 36 months and commence on 01. April 2019.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Postdocs can also pursue independent research and to achieve further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
The candidate will study climate and direct anthropogenic impacts on coastal coupled physical-biogeochemical systems. The postdoc will apply and extend existing coupled physical-biogeochemical models and incorporate specific parameterizations for human impacts including physical and biogeochemical impacts of offshore wind farming and fisheries impact on coastal ecosystems into existing coastal models. The combination of climate drivers and human impacts will be studied and the extended model system will be used to develop climate change impact scenarios under different anthropogenic exploitation scenarios considering different adaptation and climate change mitigation strategies. Active cooperation with climate scientists from different disciplines at the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology is expected.


  • PhD in climate science or related disciplines
  • expertise in oceanography and biogeochemistry
  • profound understanding and deep interest in marine and estuarine physical and biogeochemical processes and marine ecosystem dynamics
  • experience in scientific programming with FORTRAN and related analysing programming languages (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python)
  • the candidate must have either profound knowledge in English - native or TOEFL-score with a minimum of 25 in each of the four sections or equivalent (e.g. "DAAD-Sprachzeugnis") - or German (native or "Deutsches Sprachdiplom", Stufe 1) with good knowledge in English
  • good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team of various fields of geosciences

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with over 950 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • cooperation within an interdisciplinary project team and within the Cluster of Excellence at the University of Hamburg
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and these equals severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

Please send your application indicating job offer

code-no. 2019/KS 4

your CV, certificates of your university degrees, transcripts, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references to

contact human resources

The closing date for applications is February 26th, 2019.