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Postdoc, Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas

Code: 61/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


Background and tasks:
For complementing the tasks within the DLR/BMWi project „Ocean-atmosphere radiative transport simulations for atmospheric correction of hyperspectral remote sensing data to derive water constituents within the EnMAP Mission“ (ACENMAP) an efficient atmospheric correction for polar regions over water (open ocean, coastal and inland water) shall be developed as preparation of the hyperspectral mission (  Simulations using coupled atmospheric-oceanic radiative transfer shall be established and evaluated using optical in-situ measurements. Finally a correction scheme to derive water leaving radiances shall be developed also by testing it with already currently available hyperspectral satellite data and then adapting it to the EnMAP sensor specifics. 

•    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) followed by a PhD
•    very 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 2 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13. 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.
AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply.
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”.

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 61/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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