Post-Doc Position (m/f/d) in Physical Oceanography at Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven

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Post-Doc Position (m/f/d) in Physical Oceanography at Alfred-Wegener Institute, 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.


Post-Doc position (m/f/d) in Physical Oceanography


Mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet presently accounts for a quarter of global sea level rise. Recent evidence suggests that marine terminating glaciers all around Greenland have started to retreat. Key to triggering glacier instability is a supply of relatively warm ocean waters. Our studies in Northeast Greenland revealed that the properties of the Atlantic waters determine to first order the intensity of ocean-driven melt at the marine terminating outlet glaciers.

The position is part of the Priority Program ‘Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)’, funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), which provides great opportunities to work with natural and social scientists.



  • You will investigate volume and heat transport processes and pathways associated with Atlantic Water in Fram Strait, on the wider East Greenland continental shelf as well as near the 79 North Glacier, and the Scoresby Sound-Daugaard Jensen Glacier system using historical and newly collected data
  • You will study the variability of and the interplay between the different components relevant for ocean-induced glacier melt, such as atmospheric forcing, far-field ocean and continental shelf/shelf edge processes, topographic control, and fjord dynamics. The analyses will be supported by results from numerical ocean model simulations.
  • Participation in an expedition to carry out relevant oceanographic measurements.
  • You will work jointly with ocean modellers and glaciologists to identify the main drivers of ocean heat to East Greenland glaciers.



  • PhD degree in physical oceanography or related fields,
  • strong background in ocean dynamics,
  • very good programming skills – preferably in Matlab,
  • practical experience in the analysis of hydrographic and ocean current measurements from ship-lowered and moored systems,
  • proven record of first-author publications (career-stage dependent),
  • very good command of English in writing and speaking (corr. to level B2/C1)
  • willingness to interact with an interdisciplinary science community.


Further Information

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

The position is limited to 3 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 108/D/Kli-b


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