Research assistant position (m/f/d) in marine biogeochemical and climate change modelling (HTP2)



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Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation under public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the State of Schleswig-Holstein (10%). It is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine research.

Through our research and our commitment to the transfer of knowledge and technology, we contribute significantly to the preservation of the function and protection of the ocean for future generations. The collaborative project Humboldt Tipping is a joint project between GEOMAR and several other German research institutes and universities, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF), to better understand the potential impacts of climate change on the Northern Humboldt Current System which is the eastern boundary upwelling system with the largest fish production in the world.

The research unit Marine Biogeochemical Modelling of the research division 2 is offering a

Research assistant position (m/f/d)

in marine biogeochemical and climate change modelling (HTP2)

starting on June 1st 2024.

Job Description

  • This position is devoted to understanding climate change impacts on the upwelling ecosystem of the Northern Humboldt Current System, from the planktonic community to fish, using an Earth system model.
  • The main tasks will be to implement a nested grid that resolves ocean mesoscale phenomena in the Northern Humboldt Current System in the Earth system model FOCI, to run and analyse climate change simulations using the model.
  • Based on these simulations the potential climate change impact on fish will be evaluated using the ecosystem model OSMOSE.


  • Applicants must hold a Master or PhD in marine or climate sciences, or related field
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills in English
  • Experience working with global or regional ocean or climate models
  • A strong background in analysis of large data and visualisation using MATLAB, Python, Ferret, R or equivalent and exposure to the programming language Fortran is mandatory
  • Experience working with the climate model FOCI, marine biogeochemical modelling, and expertise in the Humboldt Current System is advantageous

At a workplace, directly on the Kiel Fjord with many leisure and recreational opportunities, we offer you:

  • Good conditions for work-life balance: We offer, among other things, the possibility of mobile working and individual working time arrangements, vacation courses for the children of our employees, and good support in finding a place in a daycare center at the Kiel site
  • Support services for professional and personal life situations
  • An exciting work environment with the opportunity to provide important impetus for the development of sustainable solutions
  • Exciting topics in an international environment
  • Work in the field of marine and climate research, a forward-looking area with social significance
  • 30 vacation days + additional time off at Christmas and New Year's Eve
  • Company pension plan and capital-forming benefits

The position is available for a funding period until August 31st, 2025.

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. Flexible working time models are generally possible. Part-time employment is generally possible within the framework of suitable working time models.

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 not later than March 4th, 2024 under the following link:

Online application

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 Dr. Mariana Hill (mhill-cruz(at)

However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at) In doing so, please refer to the keyword “HTP2“.

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