[CRYOLIST] Senior Scientist in Observational Physical Oceanography at Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany

Lilian Schubert Lilian.Schubert at awi.de
Tue Jan 1 23:00:50 PST 2019

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 section Physical Oceanography of Polar Seas invites applications for a

Senior Scientist

in Observational Physical Oceanography


The oceans have taken up over 90% of the excess energy related to greenhouse gas radiative forcing since the industrialization and store 50 times more dissolved carbon than the atmosphere. Subtle changes in the oceanic storage capacity of heat and carbon thus will have a huge impact on the future development of the atmosphere, hence also land surfaces. Both the ocean-atmosphere exchange processes of energy and gases and their redistribution in the ocean are governed by the interaction of the large-scale ocean circulation, (sub-)mesoscale dynamics associated with eddies and fronts, and the surface mixed layer turbulence. These processes also shape the physical and chemical environment of the marine biota, which itself influences the ocean-atmosphere CO2 exchange by photosynthesis in the illuminated ocean surface layer and the subsequent particulate biogenic carbon flux to the deep ocean and sediment. Assessing the effects of sustained warming, retreating sea ice, changing wind fields and increased glacial runoff on this broad range of physical and biogeochemical processes, and consequently on the oceans’ future role in the climate system represents a major challenge, which to meet we seek an aptly qualified candidate.


• Conduct and coordinate research targeting the coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes in the polar oceans. Specifically, you will investigate the relative influences of the large scale circulation (advection), mesoscale and sub-mesoscale frontal dynamics as well as mixed layer processes on the redistribution of nutrients, heat and freshwater in the polar ocean.

• Your observational approach will rely on year-round, interdisciplinary, mooring-based observations and the use of measurement techniques resolving the spatial scales relevant for the research topics outlined above.

• You are expected to lead scientific expeditions aboard research icebreakers, further advance research activities at AWI in this field.

• You will take a wide perspective and interact with ocean numerical modelers, marine biogeochemists and biologists at AWI

• To enhance your research capabilities, you will apply for ship time and for third party funding in national and international consortia, and you will engage in educating next-generation oceanographers.

• You will regularly lead peer-reviewed publications. Your research will be an integral contribution to AWI’s programme-oriented research. In this regard, we expect that you further develop the oceanographic and marine interdisciplinary observational approach. This specifically includes an extension of our abilities to conduct year-round near-surface observations that are difficult to obtain by research vessels. You will actively join national and international networks relevant for your research.


• PhD degree in physical oceanography, climate physics, or related fields.

• Strong background in studying oceanographic processes relevant for physical-biological coupling in polar oceans (mesoscale dynamics, frontal dynamics in sea ice-covered oceans, advection of tracers, time series analysis of ocean circulation) is required and should be documented by publications in the scientific literature.

• Strong background in developing and implementing marine infrastructure deployments for sustained year-round, interdisciplinary, time-series observations in polar oceans is expected.

• Experience in conducting multiscale-resolving surveys relevant for meso- und submesoscale dynamics would be desirable.

• Strong programming skills in data analysis and visualization, as well as in the conversion and merging of data from various oceanic sensors are mandatory.

• Extensive experience in conducting and leading field work in physical oceanography in polar oceans is required.

• You need to document a strong publication record including a strong record of first-authorships. You should be internationally well connected in your current field of research.

• You should be willing and capable to work on research vessels.

• Demonstrated experience in the education and training next-generation oceanographers is desirable.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Torsten Kanzow (torsten.kanzow at awi.de; +49(471)4831-2913).

The position is initially limited to two years, with the potential to become a permanent employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) based on qualifications and transferred tasks, up to salary level 14. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

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 (cover letter with motivation, CV, degree certificates and two references / letters of recommendation) by January 16th, 2019 referencing code 173/G/Kli-tt to: personal at awi.de.

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