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Open Positions

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) conducts research in the Arctic and Antarctic and in the high and mid-latitude oceans. The Institute coordinates German polar research and provides important infrastructure such as the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic to the international scientific world. The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the 18 research centres of the Helmholtz Association (HGF), the largest scientific organisation in Germany and is financed to 90% by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The state of Bremen provides another 8% of total funds, the states of Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein a further 1% each.


Open positions are offered at different locations. To find jobs that are currently offered, please select and click on the different locations shown in the menu navigation.

For all open positions send your job applications by post to the address as indicated.

General questions can be addressed by e-mail to our Personnel Department (personal(at) For technical job-related questions please contact the e-mail address shown in the respective job announcement.

Postgraduate Programme

Helmholtz Graduate School POLMAR

Besides the Earth System Sciences Research School (ESSReS), the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research (POLMAR) provides a coherent framework for a well-structured PhD programme at the AWI. Together with the cooperating institutions, the Graduate School POLMAR intends to promote a new generation of internationally competitive young scientists in the field of marine research with a focus on high latitude marine ecosystems and polar climate change. Besides the training in the specific research fields, the PhD programme offers a broad range of transferable skill courses and provides an excellent research infrastructure and supportive environment. The offer addresses to all PhD students whith existing funding (e.g. stipend, third-party funds). For more information about the PhD programme, please visit our POLMAR website:


Internships for Students

The Climate Sciences Division: please find information here.

The Geosciences Division, Glaciology Section: please find information here.

The Biosciences Division: check out the various research sections on the Divisions' webpages and - if interested - contact the respective head of the section to clarify whether an internship is possible or not.


Additional information for physically challenged people

If applicable, the repeated participation in research expeditions is required for the position to be filled, thus making high demands on the physical fitness of the applicants. If there are - based on an existing handicap – any doubts in the ability to participate in a research expedition, a severely handicapped applicant will only be hired upon positive confirmation by the institute’s physician.

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