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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position (m/f) in Coupled Trait-based Ecosystem Modelling

From "Dr. Carsten Lemmen" <>
Date Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:31:19 +0100

Dear applicants,

please find below (and attached as pdf) a job offer for a postdoc position in 
trait-based ecosystem modeling.

Kind regards,
Carsten Lemmen
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht 
Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH 
Max-Planck-Straße 1 I 21502 Geesthacht I Deutschland/Germany 

Geschäftsführer/Board of Management: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaysser, Dipl.-Ing. 
Michael Ganß 
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates/Chairman of the Supervisory Board: MinDirig 
Wilfried Kraus 
Amtsgericht Lübeck HRB 285 GE (Register Court) 

Attachment: postdoc_job.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Postdoc Position (m/f) in Coupled Trait-based Ecosystem Modelling

Our Institute for Coastal Research invites applications for a 3-year (with 
possible extension) Postdoc Position (m/f) in Coupled Trait-based Ecosystem 
Modelling. The place of employment is Geesthacht.

Postdoc Position (m/f) in Coupled Trait-based Ecosystem Modelling - code no. 
2012/KS 12

Marine ecosystems reveal an intriguing variability in their internal response 
to external changes. This variability, among others, derives from two-way 
interactions between physics and biology, or from the adaptive trait dynamics 
within communities. In coastal seas such as the German Bight, ecosystem 
structure is observed to change on annual to decadal scales. Primary objective 
of the position is to understand and reconstruct the long-term variability in 
coastal ecosystem dynamics. 

The candidate will design and conduct numerical experiments using a trait-based 
ecosystem model that resolves adaptive dynamics. This model will be embedded 
into a novel modular framework structure, which is developed in the project 
“Modular System for Shelves and Coasts” (MOSSCO), an integration of model and 
data components across all major coastal Earth-system compartments. The work 
will require the usage of large observational and model-based data-sets such as 
COSYNA or COASTDAT, also in order to assess the predictive skill of coastal 
ecosystem models.

We seek a candidate with a proven expertise in numerical modelling and, 
preferably, knowledge in plankton ecology or marine biogeochemistry. Profound 
knowledge in statistical analysis is of advantage, and very good programming 
skills (e.g., C or Fortran) desired. The candidate should demonstrate strong 
writing abilities. Applicants with a PhD in environmental sciences, 
oceanography, biology, physics, or related disciplines are particularly 
encouraged to apply. 

The department of Ecosystem Modelling at the Institute for Coastal Research 
hosts an interdisciplinary and highly motivated group of research scientists 
( and leads or participates in various national and 
international projects. The group activities are centered around coastal 
biogeochemistry and the development and application of trait-based models. 

Appointment will begin as soon as possible.

We offer an appropriate salary related to TV-AVH as well as the usual public 
sector social benefits. The advancement of equality at the Helmholtz-Zentrum 
Geesthacht goes without saying; in particular, we are striving to increase the 
percentage of women in the science sector. Severely disabled persons with equal 
qualifications will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal 

For further details, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Kai Wirtz
Fon: +49-4152-87-1513 (or -1526).

Please send your application indicating job offer
code no. 2012/KS 12

including CV, a brief statement of research interests and contact details of 
two referees to our human resources 

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Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Lemmen
Environmental Scientist

Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht
Centre for Materials and Coastal Research GmbH
Institute for Coastal Research - System Analysis & Modeling
Ecosystem Modeling (KSE)
Max-Planck-Str.1, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Tel.: +49 4152 87-2013 / Fax: -2020 / Secretary: -1502
Building 11, 2nd floor, room 213
Messaging: skype://platipodium or aim://platipodium

My email is as private as regular mail, please 'put it in an envelope'
by GPG encryption with my public key id 9249e2e0.

Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. W. A. Kaysser, Dipl.-Ing. M. Ganß
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates: Ministerialdirigent W. Kraus
Amtsgericht Lübeck - HRB 285 GE, USt.IDNr.: DE 135 131 669

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