Postdoc Physical controls on dissolved organic matter flux to the Laptev and East Siberian shelf
online available at: https://www.awi.de/nc/en/work-study/jobs/job-offer/detail/jobs/postdoc-physical-controls-on-dissolved-organic-matter-flux-to-the-laptev-and-east-siberian-shelv.html
Job type: Full time
Deadline: October 31st, 2018
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.
The Permafrost Research Section of AWI's Geoscience Dept. in Potsdam invites applications for a Postdoc:
Physical controls on dissolved organic matter flux to the Laptev and East Siberian shelf
as part of the new British-German research project "Changing Arctic Carbon cycle in the cOastal Ocean Near-shore (CACOON)" (https://www.changing-arctic-ocean.ac.uk/project/cacoon/).
Background and tasks:
This position is part of the new British-German research project "Changing Arctic Carbon cycle in the cOastal Ocean Near-shore (CACOON)" (https://www.changing-arctic-ocean.ac.uk/project/cacoon/), which aims to quantify the effect of changing freshwater export and terrestrial permafrost thaw on the type and fate of river-borne organic matter delivered to arctic coastal waters. In CACOON, we focus on the Lena and Kolyma river deltas and their surrounding shelf areas in Siberia. The research project is jointly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the framework of the "Changing Arctic Ocean" (https://www.changing-arctic-ocean.ac.uk/) initiative.
The postdoctoral researcher will address the key question of how physical processes influence Arctic ecosystem changes, with a focus on coastal biogeochemistry and permafrost thaw in fluvial-deltaic systems. You will generate a high resolution digital bathymetry dataset for the central Laptev and East Siberian Seas (ESAS), focusing on shallow (<20m) estuarine regions. This data, based on bathymetric maps and field data, will be combined with elevation models at the coastline and remote sensing of sea ice concentration and bottom fast ice to examine the timing of the open water seasons, ice-break up and freeze-over of estuarine and shelf regions in an analysis of the changing open water domain and trends in sea ice cover in the near-shore for the past quarter century.
You will be embedded in the remote sensing working group at AWI Potsdam and will be able to use the rich data, hardware and software resources available there. The postdoctoral researcher will further play an active role in the organization of CACOON project workshops and meetings of the international group. You may take part in spring and summer field work in the Siberian Arctic.
- Completed doctoral degree in the field of (marine or terrestrial) geosciences, remote sensing, geoinformatics, or related disciplines
- Demonstrated experience working with GIS and/or remote sensing data
- Experience with spatial analysis of biogeochemical, hydrochemical, or oceanographic datasets
- Ability and willingness to participate in multi-week long expeditions into the Arctic
- Ability and willingness to work in a team and with international groups, excellent communication skills and fluent knowledge of English
- Interest in independent research, the presentation and publication of scientific data at conferences and workshops
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to write about and publish research results in the peer-review literature
- Excellent publication record and experience presenting scientific results at international level
- Russian language skills are an advantage
- Prior experience with Arctic shelf systems and/or permafrost
For further information please contact Dr. Paul Overduin (+49(331)288-2113, [hidden email]) and Dr. Jens Strauss (+49(331)288-2185, [hidden email]).
The position is limited to 20 months and starts on January 1st 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 Potsdam.
We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.
AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages 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".
Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (a detailed curriculum vitae including previous publications and conference papers, as well as a resume, which sets out your scientific motivation, previous experiences and current scientific interests, contact details for two referees) by October 31st, 2018 referencing code 133/D/Geo-P by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: [hidden email]
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