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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Physical Oceanography at GEOMAR Kiel

From Torsten Kanzow <>
Cc Torsten Kanzow <>
Date Tue, 14 May 2013 14:39:20 +0200

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Research Unit Physical Oceanography, is offering a

Ph.D. student position

within the DFG-funded project “The Impact of Ocean Margin Processes in the Labrador Sea on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

The closing date for applications is May 31, 2013. The employment should start at the earliest possible date.

Job description / duties

We seek a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate with a strong interest in physical oceanography.

Background: The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC) carries warm, near-surface waters northward towards high latitudes, and in turn transports cold dense waters southward at depth. Heat loss to the atmosphere triggers high-latitude water mass transformation, and Eulerian downwelling in this area is required to supply the southward deep branch of the MOC. Our present knowledge regarding the different contributions to the deep branch of the MOC, and the processes involved in setting the deep MOC transports are still rather incomplete. Recent evidence from observations and numerical simulations suggest that distinct near-ocean margin processes (export of newly transformed waters and downwelling) are of first order importance for understanding role the Labrador Sea plays for the large-scale MOC.

Relying on both a dedicated observational programme and high-resolution (1/20°) numerical simulations, these processes shall be the focus of the study. The Ph.D. student is expected to test different scientific hypotheses regarding the seasonality in both the export and near-boundary downwelling of newly formed Labrador Sea Water (LSW) as well as its contribution to the strength and temporal variability of the basin-wide MOC.

The PhD student will be trained to carry out state-of-the-art  processing of the various observational and model data sets. This will enable her / him to develop analysis techniques for the near-ocean-margin measurements. As part of the education the student will have the opportunity to participate in oceanographic research cruises. The PhD candidate is also expected to present her / his results at international scientific meetings.


An academic qualification comparable to a Masters degree (including a written thesis) in the field of physical oceanography, meteorology, physics, geophysics, or related disciplines is required. Excellent English language (oral and written) skills are essential. Programming skills preferably in MATLAB are desired. Willingness of the Ph.D. student to carry out parts of the work at different research laboratories is expected.

The position is available for the funding duration of 36 months. This is a part-time position according to 75 % of a full-time equivalent. Salary will follow the German  E13 TvÖD pay scale (75% of the postdoctoral full-time equivalent). The position cannot be split.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists. Therefore, women are especially encouraged to apply. GEOMAR also supports the employment of handicapped persons. Disabled candidates with appropriate qualifications and aptitude will be employed preferentially.

The complete and meaningful applications should mention the project name “Ocean Margin Processes”. The closing date is May 31th 2013. Please send applications to:

Frau Beate Einfeldt
Wischhofstraße 1 - 3,

24148 Kiel

Please mention the keyword on the envelope and on the application. A re-addressed envelope is greatly appreciated. For further information please contact Prof. Torsten Kanzow, email:


Prof. Dr. Torsten Kanzow
Juniorprofessor für Physikalische Ozeanographie
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel 
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, Raum 129        
24105 Kiel,  Germany
Tel.  +49-431-600-4150       -4101 (Sekr.)
Fax  +49-431-600-4102

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