University Teaching

Within the framework of joint professorship appointments with the University of Potsdam and the collaboration with the University of Heidelberg senior scientists of the section Permafrost Research are actively involved in teaching at these universities. We currently offer lectures, seminars, and field courses for Master and Bachelor level students. Usually, classes are conducted in English.

PhD and Postdoc Positions

Depending on external funding availability we are also offering PhD or Postdoc positions in our section. These positions will be posted at the official AWI Jobs webpage.

Furthermore, there are options to conduct an own research project in our Permafrost Research section related to our core research themes with stipends from various funding agencies. Currently, several PhD students have stipends and conduct their research projects as guests within our section.

Master Thesis Projects and Student Internships

The section Permafrost Research regularly offers opportunities for students to get involved in ongoing research projects with a Master Thesis or an internship. The possible themes are related to our main research fields and range from sedimentology, biogeochemistry and stable isotope chemistry, physical geography and remote sensing, to paleoecology and genetics.

If you are interested in a Master thesis project in one of our main research fields you are welcome to send an email application to the responsible senior scientist. The application should contain a cover letter, a CV, relevant certificates, a list of courses attended during the studies, and your computer skills (software and programming languages). You also should state the envisaged starting point for the thesis project.

Applications for internships in the Permafrost Section should be addressed to Melanie Reinhardt.

Apprenticeship as Chemical Laboratory Assistant

Next call for applications will be opened end of 2023

Are you interested in an exciting apprenticeship in Potsdam and Berlin emphasizing polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic? Then, you are at the right place!

Together with the bbz Chemie Berlin and the OSZ Lise-Meitner Berlin, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam offers a three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship as a chemical laboratory assistant recognized by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). The language of the apprenticeship will be in German.

More information is available on the



overview poster.

Further information (only in German language) is available at: