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Scientific base leader (winterer) with background meteorology, physics or geophysics

Code: 6/ÜWI-P
Faculty: Logistics
Job type: Full time
Location: Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard

Starting each January 1, Logistics Department of AWI is seeking to appoint a

Scientist with a background within either meteorology, physics or geophysics

as the scientific base leader (winterer) at the joint German-French Arctic station (AWIPEV Base) in Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard.

The tasks of the scientist in the position of the base leader will be the scientific management of the base, the support for the guests at the base and the execution of the mainly meteorological measuring programs.

The wintering will take place in one of the most beautiful places of Svalbard in the international research village of Ny-Ålesund where more than 10 nations have founded their bases. Ny-Ålesund is equipped with modern infrastructure and corresponding recreation facilities. The AWIPEV Base consists of several buildings housing modern laboratories, office rooms and living space.

Please find further information on the joint German-French base.

Mandatory are a valid driver’s license and proficiency in English and German, French will be highly appreciated, moreover a motorboat license and knowledge in first aid. Furthermore it will be of advantage if the applicant has experiences in the management of working groups on international level.

The employment is limited to 24 months. Within this period of time a stay at the polar base for more that 12 months will follow after job training at the AWI. The preparedness to work under Arctic conditions is absolutely mandatory for the employment. During the employment at the AWI there will be a deputation to the Research Unit Potsdam for the period before and after the stay at polar base.

Employment contract and payment comply with the wage and working agreement (TVöD) as applied at AWI. During the stay abroad an extra charge will be paid.

The AWI is aiming to increase the number of female employees within the scientific staff and is especially inviting qualified female scientists to apply for the position.

Disabled applicants will basically be preferred in case of equal professional and personal skills, please note the information on our home page under “Open Positions”.

As the base is operated jointly with Institut Polaire Français Paul Emil Victor (IPEV) the interview will be in English and a member of the IPEV staff will participate.

Please send your application (CV, photo and copies of certifications) before August 31, each year, indicating 6/ÜWI-P to:

Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung
Attn. Dr. Roland Neuber
Postfach 60 01 49
14401 Potsdam

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The Alfred Wegener Institute pursues research in the polar regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As of the 18 Centres of the Hemlholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.

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