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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

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 together with the French Polar Institute Paul Emil Victor (IPEV) operates the Arctic research base AWIPEV on Spitsbergen. It serves a variety of disciplines such as meteorology, biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics as a platform to pursue multidisciplinary, short and long term scientific goals.

Starting each January 1, Logistics Department of AWI is appointing a

Scientist with a background within either in 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 base leader will be the scientific management of the base, the support for the guests at the base, and the execution of some meteorological measuring programs. The base leader represents AWI and IPEV in the international community of research stations in Ny-Ålesund, where more than 10 nations have established their bases.

Ny-Ålesund is equipped with modern infrastructure and corresponding recreation facilities. The AWIPEV Base consists of several buildings with 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 and representation of working groups on an 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.

AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff. Female candidates are therefore especially invited to apply. 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.

Information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Roland Neuber (

Please send your application (including cover letter, CV, photo, reference letters, and copies of certifications merged into one pdf-file) before August 31, each year, indicating 6/ÜWI-P to:

Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung

Mrs Sigrun Gräning at

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General Information

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 Helmholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.