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 focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.
PostDoc "Biogeochemical Modelling and Data Assimilation" (m/f/d)
This position is part of the project SEAMLESS (Services based on ecosystem data assimilation: Essential science and solutions) funded by the EU Horizon-2020 program. Together with 5 European partners, we will develop and apply ensemble data assimilation methods to improve the prediction of ecosystem indicators. For this, we will work with partners from the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) Monitoring and Forecasting Centers (MFCs).
We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in ecosystem modelling and data assimilation. You will join the Data Assimilation team at the AWI Computing Center, which has a strong record in the development and application of ensemble data assimilation methods, and develops the open-source Parallel Data Assimilation Framework (PDAF). The project provides excellent possibilities for collaborative work with European project partners as well as the forecasting centre for the Baltic Sea.
- Implement ensemble data assimilation based on the assimilation framework PDAF into a 1D setup of the model system GOTM-FABM as a prototype for the assimilation with different biogeochemical models
- Extend the ensemble assimilation system of the CMEMS Monitoring and Forecasting Center for the Baltic Sea, which uses the model NEMO-ERGOM coupled to PDAF
- Perform data assimilation experiments with physical and biological remote-sensing data in order to improve model predictions
- Develop and implement enhanced ensemble data assimilation approaches to obtain improved model predictions
- Write scientific publications and participate in project meetings and workshops.
- PhD degree in oceanography, meteorology, mathematics, physics, or similar
- Very good English language skill, both written and oral
- Programming experience (especially Fortran and Python)
- Proven publication activity in peer-reviewed journals
- The skills to develop your own research questions and to tackle both scientific and technical challenges independently, while working well as part of a team
Desirable skills and experience
- Experience with complex environmental models, preferably of the ocean and ocean-biogeochemistry
- Knowledge in data assimilation methodology and application.
For further information, please contact Dr. Lars Nerger
This is a full-time position, limited to 29 months. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13
The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.
Postdocs can register with AWI’s postdoc office PROCEED
, thereby gaining access to a set of tailor-made career development tools.
The AWI is characterised by
- our scientific success - excellent research.
- collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
- opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
- a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation
- our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
- an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
- having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
- flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
- exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.
The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.
We look forward to your application!
Please forward your application by December 16th 2020 exclusively online.
Please submit your application including a statement of research interests, copies of grade certificates, and the names and contact information of three references
Reference number 20/145/D/RZ-b