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PhD student, Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas

Code: 56/D/Kli
Faculty: Science
Job type: Full time
Location: Bremerhaven

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.

Our section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas invites applications for a position as a

PhD student

Background and tasks:
The PhD project  of the “Atmospheric composition and ocean colour of the Arctic retrieved from satellite measurements” in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University Bremen (within the German Science Foundation Collaborative Research Center “Arctic Amplification”) will encompass studying the change of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) loading in the Arctic Ocean and its effects on the ocean’s carbon fluxes and heat budget by using satellite and model information. Within this project, an algorithm to retrieve CDOM from ocean color remote sensing will be adapted, to the Arctic Ocean optical properties and applied to all available remote sensing data. The derived satellite CDOM data shall be used via data assimilation in a coupled ocean-ice-ecosystem-model to quantify radiative and biogeochemical effects of CDOM loading over the last 20 years.

•    M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, oceanography, environmental physics or meteorology with a grade point average better than B (English grade) or 2.0 (German grade),
•    good programming skills in at least one high level programming language and experience with big data,
•    good knowledge of the following fields is advantageous: physical and biological oceanography, marine optics, numerical modelling
•    team skills in a multidisciplinary environment,
•    good command of English in writing and speaking (level B2)

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher (

The position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (66%). 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.
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”.
As Ph.D. student at AWI you will be member of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ ( or another graduate school.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (letter of motivation, CV, publication list if applicable and contact information of two referees) by April 12th, 2017 referencing code 56/D/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

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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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