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[Met-jobs] Scientific programmer position (Earth System Modelling) at Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

From Judith Hauck <>
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Date Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:35:07 +0100

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The department of Bioscience, section Marine Biogeosciences, located in Bremerhaven, invites applications for a position as

Scientific Programmer
Earth System Modelling (Carbon Cycle)

as part of the newly funded Helmholtz Young Investigator group Marine Carbon and Ecosystem Feedbacks in the Earth System (MarESys) led by Dr. Judith Hauck. MarESys aims to assess integrated effects of climate change and variability in the ocean with a focus on ocean carbon feedbacks and marine ecosystem drivers.


At present, the AWI-Climate Model (AWI-CM) that consists of the Finite-Element Sea-ice Ocean model (FESOM) and an atmospheric model (currently ECHAM6) is used for projections for CMIP6. In the future, such simulations shall include the ocean biogeochemistry/ecosystem model REcoM. The AWI-CM and REcoM will form the AWI-Earth System Model (AWI-ESM), and REcoM will be further developed during this project. The multi resolution model FESOM is being developed at AWI and its mesh flexibility will be exploited here.


You will support modelling activities in the MarESys group. Main tasks include the development of an automation process for model tuning and evaluation, and optimization of the model code to reduce computational costs. Furthermore, you will set up the model grid for high resolution simulations and will test these set-ups. Long spin ups are required for CMIP contributions including biogeochemistry and you will investigate procedures to produce cost efficient spun up model states of the AWI-ESM, such as numerical acceleration techniques or semi analytical schemes; and will produce these spun up states. You will support all group members and will contribute to conducting model simulations, coding, data interpolation and archiving, provision of boundary conditions and forcing data as well as to visualizing complex data sets.


Your desired qualifications are:

  • PhD in informatics, mathematics, physics or any field related to Earth system sciences

  • Proven expertise in the development and application of complex models of the Earth system and/or their sub-components on high-performance computing facilities

  • Ability to work well in a team environment as well as self-organized

  • Good communication and English writing and speaking skills

  • Knowledge of the ocean model FESOM would be an advantage

    For further information please contact Dr. Judith Hauck (

The position is limited to 5 years and 10 months. Desired starting date is June 1st, 2018. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 14. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.
AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (letter of motivation, CV, publication list (if any), copies of scientific degrees and contact details of two references) by April 06th, 2018 referencing code 53/D/Bio to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

Judith Hauck
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

+49 (0)471-4831-1848

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