scientific employee



scientific employee

Deadline: 30. April 2018

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Marine Geosystems of the research division 2: Marine Biogeochemistry, is offering a position of a

scientific employee

starting on July 1st 2018 in the field of machine learning, artificial neural networks, and predictive time series analysis.

Job description
Within the multi-disciplinary Helmholtz project ARCHES (Autonomous Robotic Networks to help Modern Societies) the focus is on the establishment a network of cooperating robotic components (including stationary and mobile measurement platforms) for the exploration of the oceans. Major aim is to achieve an intelligent underwater robotic network, which is able to record and predict environmental changes and can respond to such changes autonomously.

The task of the advertised position is to assist in the development of software for the interpretation of environmental time series data. Amongst other analytical procedures this software will make use of machine learning, artificial neural networks and time series analysis. Based on recorded environmental data the software shall enable the short-term prediction of environmental changes and thus contribute to the autonomous control of the robotic network.
This study will be conducted in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring (Computer Science, Software Engineering Group, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel).

Requirements for a successful application are:
- A master/diploma degree in informatics, software engineering or mathematics. Ideally the applicant should possess a strong interest in environmental sciences or
otherwise the applicant should possess a PhD in physical oceanography with a profound expertise and interest in informatics.
- The applicant should be experienced in mathematical procedures in the area of artificial intelligence (e.g. artificial neural networks).
- Knowledge of Matlab or similar programming language is desirable.
- Good written and oral communications skills in English are essential.
- We expect the candidate taking part in short (days) research cruises at sea.

The position is available for a funding period until December 31st 2020 (end of project).

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.  GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application (cover letter, CV, copies of references, statement of research interests, publication list) for this position not later than April 30, 2018 in a single pdf-file using the keyword "ARCHES_TP2" to bewerbung(at)

or to:

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / “ARCHES_TP2“
Wischhofstraße 1 - 3
24148 Kiel

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For content issues regarding the position, please contact Dr. Stefan Sommer (ssommer(at)

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at) In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

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