PhD Position (m/f/d) In the area of Air-Sea Interaction

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG)
Germany (DE)
an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH)
Aug 28, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
2019/KO 3
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

PhD Position (m/f/d) In the area of Air-Sea Interaction

code no. 2019/KO 3
The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The Institute of Coastal Research investigates the physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state.

We are looking for a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate (m/f/d) to investigate the influence of ocean surface waves on energy and momentum exchange processes between the atmosphere and the ocean. Understanding energy and scalar fluxes across the air-sea interface is crucial for a number of environmental challenges, including weather, climate and sea state forecasting. The Air-Sea lnteraction group at the Institute of Coastal Research conducts laboratory (wind-wave tank) and field (offshore platform) based research, by developing and deploying unique, novel high-resolution imaging systems to investigate submillimeter-scale turbulent dynamics above and below ocean surface waves.

We invite applications for a Ph.D. position (m/f/d)
in the area of Air-Sea lnteraction
 at the Institute of Coastal Research with preferred starting date on October 1st, 2019. The position is limited to three years with the degree being awarded through the University of Kiel.

Your tasks:

  • designing, planning and performing laboratory (wind-wave tank) and field (coastal waters) experiments, using state-of-the-art imaging techniques (e.g., PIV, Particle Image Velocimetry)
  • developing computational codes to process and understand large experimental datasets (e.g., image processing)
  • analyzing experimental results; developing conceptual models and parameterizations to better predict air-sea fluxes of momentum and energy
  • scientific publications and presentations
  • working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team within the institute and with external academic partners

Essential qualifications:

  • a Master's degree in oceanography, geosciences, physics, mechanics or related disciplines
  • programming skills in one or more languages (Matlab, Python, R, C, Fortran)
  • excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • high degree of motivation, creativity, and flexibility
  • ability and willingness to participate in sea-going research

Desirable qualifications:

  • experience in processing and interpretation of observational data
  • laboratory experience and/or coursework in fluid dynamics
  • international research experience
  • academic publication record
  • willingness to learn German

For further questions please contact Dr. Marc Buckley ( or Prof. Burkard Baschek (

We offer:

  • multinational work environment with colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including labs, research vessel, computer cluster, scientific in-hause library as well as modern work spaces
  • an appropriate salary related to the German public tariff (TV-AVH) plus the usual social benefits for the public employment sector

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and these equals severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) in Geesthacht near Hamburg and in Teltow near Berlin, conducts materials and coastal research. For further information please refer to:

HZG is one of the 19 national institutions of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres e.V. (HGF). Around 950 employees carry out basic research and development work in close cooperation with national and international research institutions, research-oriented clinics and economic and public institutions.

At the Institute of Coastal Research about 150 scientists research processes on the coast and interactions between the land, the sea and humans. The objective of the three sub-institutes "Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas", "Operational Systems" and "System Analysis and Modelling" is to create the scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented management of the coasts.

Deadline: September 24th, 2019
Workplace: Geesthacht
Contact: Ms. Erika Krüger