W2/W3-Professorship for Glaciology at AWI Bremerhaven

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W2/W3-Professorship for Glaciology at AWI Bremerhaven

Veit Helm

W2/W3-Professorship for Glaciology


The University of Bremen, Faculty of Geosciences, and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HGF), invite applications for a joint appointment of a

W2/W3-Professorship for Glaciology

We are searching for candidates with outstanding scientific qualifications in one of the research fields that are presently in the focus of the glaciology section at the AWI. This research comprises multidisciplinary studies on ice cores in a paleoclimatological context as well as for the geophysics of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, including the investigation of ice sheet mass balances and its dynamics. The field of ice sheet modeling is already covered by a corresponding professorship.

The AWI provides excellent conditions for glaciological research in both polar regions. It operates an ice-breaking research vessel, two research aircrafts, an overwintering and a summer station in Antarctica, several cold labs and one of the largest ice core storage and processing facilities worldwide. For more than 20 years, the AWI has been an active partner in international ice core drilling projects (GRIP, NGRIP, EPICA and NEEM). The AWI is involved in the development of new ice core deep drilling technology and has recently set up new infrastructure to investigate the air enclosure process in ice and the deformation and flow of ice on the grain scale. It houses a full core computer tomograph, ice core optical scanners and a micro-focus Raman microscope and operates laboratories to analyze aerosol inclusions in snow and ice, equipped with, e.g., ion chromatographs, ICP-MS and isotope ratio mass spectrometers. Extensive glaciological field programs on the ground and from the air are conducted regularly in Antarctica and the Arctic, and are supported by excellent infrastructure.

The successful candidate is expected to cooperate across disciplinary boundaries with scientists from the AWI Climate Sciences and Biosciences Departments within the scope of AWI’s interdisciplinary research program on the coupled earth system, as well as with scientists from related disciplines at the University of Bremen.  Teaching requirements amount to two hours per week at the University of Bremen within the geosciences courses with a focus on glaciology. Willingness to continuing didactic education is expected.

The following qualifications are required: a completed university education in physics, geophysics or geosciences, an outstanding and relevant PhD dissertation as well as excellent scientific achievements, experience in organizing and managing expeditions, the willingness to conduct expeditions in the future as well as experience in raising of external funds and in teaching.

AWI and the University of Bremen are Equal Opportunity Employers and strongly encourage applications from women and individuals with disabilities. AWI and the University of Bremen are supportive of the needs of dual-career couples and committed to promoting the work-life balance of their staff.

Please forward your application, preferably via email (one PDF file), by May 11th 2012 under reference number 26/G/PROF to:

<a href="javascript:linkTo_UnCryptMailto('nbjmup+bqqmjdbujpot/qspgAbxj/ef');">applications.prof(at)awi.de 

Professor Dr. Karin Lochte, Director
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/ Germany


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