Technical Employee/TA (m/f/d) for the marine carbon lab



Posted on Friday, February 9, 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. Within the scope of the Helmholtz programme "Strengthening transfer and innovation in the association - by building innovation platforms as sustainable and structure-building measures", the Helmholtz Centres GEOMAR, AWI and HEREON have received a grant to build up the “SOOP” (“Shaping an Ocean Of Possibilities”) innovation platform.

SOOP aims at unlocking the power of synergies between industry, civil society, and science for innovation and technology transfer for the protection of Earth, climate and the environment - creating sustainable structures for transfer and innovation in ocean observation by enabling a paradigm shift towards a multi-sector integrated observing system.

Within the SOOP platform, GEOMAR is offering a position for a

Technical Employee/TA (m/f/d) for the marine carbon lab

(Keyword: SOOP WP4/2)

Job Description:

You will support the set-up of the marine carbon reference laboratory and the operation of the SOOP measuring equipment. Your tasks will include maintaining and servicing the equipment and preparing it in the laboratory for field use (calibration, cleaning, etc.). Furthermore, you will be expected to install, maintain (repair if necessary) and clean instruments in the field. These tasks require a high degree of independence and the willingness to adapt to spontaneously changing circumstances. You should therefore be prepared for frequent travel. All tasks will be performed in close cooperation with the SOOP project partners at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and at Hereon in Geesthacht.


  • Professional qualification as a (chemical) technical assistant or similar qualification/experience in above-mentioned tasks
  • Experience in handling sensor technology
  • Independent, self-reliant work and a quick understanding of complex processes
  • Willingness to travel (also research cruises)
  • Openness towards new methods


  • English language skills
  • Driving license (class B)
  • Basics in marine carbon analytics
  • Knowledge of the analysis of the marine carbon system (dissolved inorganic carbon, alkalinity, CO2 partial pressure, pH)

At a workplace directly on 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 will run until the end of the funding period on 31 December 2025. A prolongation until 30 June 2026 or a change into a permanent position may be possible after that date, subject to the availability of further funding.

The salary depends on qualification and on the tasks assigned up to salary group 9a of the German tariff for public employees (TVöD-Bund). This is a full-time position. Part-time employment is generally possible with the framework of suitable working time models.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female employees and explicitly encourages qualified female candidates to apply. GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application for this post not later than 4th March 2024 under the following link:

Online application

GEOMAR is committed to an objective and non-discriminatory personnel selection. Our job advertisements address all people. We expressly renounce the submission of application photos. 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. Tobias Steinhoff (, Tel.: 0431 600-2071). 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 “SOOP WP4/2”.

For further information on GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel or the Helmholtz Association, please visit or For further information on the SOOP platform, please visit