Research Associate (Biological Oceanography / Microbial Biogeochemistry) (m/f/d)

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Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein (DE)
Sep 25, 2020
Oct 25, 2020
"Microbial Biogeochemistry”
Ocean Science
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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Biological Oceanography, division Microbial Biogeochemistry of the research division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a

Research Associate (Biological Oceanography / Microbial Biogeochemistry) (m/f/d)

starting on April 1st 2021.

Job Description

The jobholder will examine biological carbon pump processes in the ocean. The focus will be on scientific studies e.g. on particle formation and export, as well as on the microbial degradation of organic substances in the deep ocean. The successful candidate will engage in the planning, application and execution of third-party projects and seagoing expeditions as well as on student training.


Prerequisites for a successful application are a PhD in Biological Oceanography or a related subject, as well as a strong background in Planktology and Microbiology. Knowledge on the determination of the vertical export of particles in the ocean, e.g. with sediment traps, as well as on the measurement of metabolic rates, e.g. with radioisotopes, are desirable. Extensive experience in the planning and execution of seagoing expeditions are expected. Experience with responsible activities as chief scientist or as a team leader or similar on board are beneficial. Ability and readiness for seagoing research are required. The successful candidate can demonstrate an excellent publication record as well as successful third-party funding acquisition.

The position is available for a funding period of three years with the possibility of an extension (another 3 years). The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E14 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position cannot be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application for this post, including cover letter, CV, copies of credentials, description of relevant work activities and experiences, list of publications, third-party funding acquisition, as well as two references) via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "Microbial Biogeochemistry” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than November 3rd, 2020 to the following email address:

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Anja Engel (

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or

GEOMAR is committed to a non-discriminatory personnel selection. Our job advertisements address all people.

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