Physical Oceanographer (m/f/d) Position at Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven

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Physical Oceanographer (m/f/d) Position at Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Bremerhaven


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.


Physical Oceanographer (m/f/d)


The section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas invites applications for the position of a Physical Oceanographer (m/f/d) in the framework of the EU project Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate (SO-CHIC).

The position addresses the management and scientific integration of data from this and related programs.

The overall objective of SO-CHIC is to understand and quantify variability of heat and carbon budgets in the Southern Ocean. The position offered here shall contribute to the description and understanding of the dynamics of dense water formation, transformation and export in the Weddell Sea. This will be approached through synthesizing existing observations. In order to understand the distinct roles that dense water formation on the shelves versus along-plume modification play for dense water export we will differentiate the contributions from the source water (HSSW, ISW) and entrained deep waters along the continental slope into the bottom water plume.



·         combine the observations in the bottom water plume with time series in - the source areas of dense waters and with time series representing bottom water export properties downstream.

·         subsequently study the along-stream connectivity of the interannual to decadal changes in the properties of the dense water by following property anomalies (density, transport, heat and salt anomalies) along the continental slope from the source regions to the export gateways.

·         decipher whether changes in the export properties (e.g. in Orkney Passage) are related to changes in source water properties (possibly driven by disintegration of Larsen C ice shelf, slope front position, etc.) or due to changes in the modification processes (e.g. warming of ambient waters, changes in the wind field

·         lead and contribute to publications of your results in peer-reviewed journals




  • You should be strongly motivated and hold a PhD degree in physical oceanography or related fields.
  • extensive experience in the analysis of sensor-based, marine data.
  • A strong background in fluid dynamics is expected.
  • A strong background in high-level programming (preferably MATLAB) is required.
  • a competitive publication record though first-author publications.
  • openess to interact with an interdisciplinary and international science community with the SO-CHIC
  • willingness to participate in research expeditions.
  • Very good communication skills in English - both written and oral – are mandatory.


Further Information

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Torsten Kanzow ([hidden email], +49(471)4831-2913).

The position is limited to 2 years, the targeted starting date is 1st December 2019. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13.
The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.


This characterizes us

  • 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 – audited, and even more than that.
  • 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 – freedom and responsibility.
  • exciting topics – also in technology, administration and infrastructure.


Equal opportunities for women and men are an integral part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we encourage women to apply.


Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.


We look forward to your application!
Please forward your application by October 14th 2019 exclusively
Reference number 105/D/Kli-b

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