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[Met-jobs] PhD position in air-sea interaction

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Thu, 11 Apr 2019 20:28:44 +0000

PhD Position (m/f/d)

In the area of Air-Sea lnteraction

code no. 2019/KO 3

The place of employment is Geesthacht (Germany).


The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, is located near Hamburg. You can find more information at The Institute of Coastal Research investigates the physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state.


We are looking for a highly motivated student to investigate energy and momentum exchange processes between the atmosphere and the ocean. Understanding and quantifying energy and scalar fluxes across the air-sea interface are crucial for a number of environmental challenges, including weather, climate and sea state forecasting. The Air-Sea lnteraction group at the Institute of Coastal Research conducts laboratory and field based research, using novel imaging techniques to investigate small-scale turbulent dynamics within the coupled atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers. Particular focus is given to ocean surface waves, and how they influence ocean-atmosphere interactions.


We invite applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) in the area of Air-Sea lnteraction at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on May 1, 2019. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Kiel.


The tasks of the successful candidate will include:

•    designing, planning and performing laboratory (wind-wave tank) and field (coastal waters) experiments, using state-of-the-art imaging techniques (e.g., PIV, Particle Image Velocimetry)

•    developing computational codes to process and understand large experimental datasets (e.g., image processing)

•    analyzing experimental results; developing conceptual models and parameterizations to better predict air-sea fluxes of momentum and energy

•    scientific publications and presentations

•    working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners


Essential qualifications:

•    a Master's degree in oceanography, geosciences, physics, mechanics or related disciplines

•    programming skills in one or more languages (Matlab, Python, R, C, Fortran)

•    excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)

•    high degree of motivation, creativity, and flexibility

•    ability and willingness to participate in sea-going research


Desirable qualifications:

•    experience in processing and interpretation of observational data

•    laboratory experience and/or coursework in fluid dynamics

•    international research experience

•    academic publication record


For further questions please contact Dr. Marc Buckley ( or Prof. Burkard Baschek (


We offer:

•    multinational work environment with colleagues from more than 50 nations

•    extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses)

•    flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career

•    excellent infrastructure, including labs, research vessel, computer cluster, scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces

•    an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector


Geesthacht is located 35 km southeast of Hamburg in Northern Germany. lts location combines proximity to Germany's second largest city and its cultural offerings with easy access to numerous outdoor activities in a beautiful setting. We are a family-friendly employer and operate our own kindergarten on campus.


The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling 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/KO 3 including your CV, certificates of your university degrees, a list of publications, description of research experience and goals, and a list of up to three references to


Closing date for applications is April 30th, 2019.

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