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 section Physical Oceanography of Polar Seas invites applications for a position as a
in Observational Physical Oceanography
Global sea level rise is controlled to a large degree by mass imbalance of the polar ice sheets. Increasing ocean transport of heat toward the Antarctic ice shelves represents an important mechanism for the destabilization of the ice sheets feeding into them.
The overarching theme of the position will be to conduct research into oceanic processes that provide important contributions regarding the interaction of ocean and ice shelves.
We expect you to coordinate observational research initiatives in the abovementioned topic. Specifically, you will investigate the relative influences of the large scale circulation (advection of deep water) and local processes (production of high salinity
shelf water and ice shelf water ) onto the ocean – ice shelf interaction regarding i. ocean-induced basal melt, and ii. shelf-basin exchange (overturning circulation in Weddell Sea, Antarctic bottom water production). You will lead research expeditions aboard
icebreakers. In your approach, you will take a wide perspective and interact with ocean numerical modelers, glaciologists and sea ice physicists at AWI. To enhance your research capabilities, you will apply for third party funding in national and international
consortia. You will regularly lead peer-reviewed publications and you will engage in educating next-generation oceanographers. Your research will be an integral contribution to AWI’s programme-oriented research (POF-4). In this regard, we expect from you,
that you further develop the oceanographic observational approach. This specifically includes an extension of our abilities to conduct year-round observations in the continental shelf regions of Antarctica, that are difficult to reach by research vessels.
You will actively join international networks relevant for your research (such as SOOS).
You should hold a PhD degree in physical oceanography, climate physics, or related fields. A strong background in oceanographic processes relevant for basin-shelf exchanges in polar oceans is required (turbulence, freshwater driven dynamics, impacts of ice
formation, dense water production). Strong programming skills (ideally Matlab) and data analysis skills (moorings, profiling measurements) are required. Extensive experience in conducting field work in physical oceanography in polar oceans will be mandatory.
You should demonstrate a strong first-author publication record. The capability to secure third party funding should be demonstrated. You should demonstrate that you are internationally well-connected in your current field of research. Finally, you should
be willing and capable to work on research vessels.
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Torsten Kanzow (email@example.com; +49(471)4831-2913)
The position is initially limited to two years, with the potential to become a permanent employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) based on qualifications and transferred
tasks, 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 (CV and degree certificates) by October 5th 2018 referencing code 132/G/Kli-tt by e-mail (all documents merged into a single PDF file) to:
Job type: Full time