Postdoctoral position in plankton ecology/pelagic biogeochemistry



Postdoctoral position in plankton ecology/pelagic biogeochemistry

Deadline: 24 June 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 “Biological Oceanography” of the research division “Marine Biogeochemistry” is offering a

Postdoctoral position in plankton ecology/pelagic biogeochemistry

starting on January 1st 2019.

Job Description
Performing innovative research at the interface of plankton ecology and ichthyoplankton biology through a combination of experimental approaches (in-situ and land-based) with the aim to achieve a better understanding of the trophic interactions and transfer efficiency from primary producers up to small pelagic fish. Participatin in long-term in-situ mesocosm studies including taking charge of data quality assurance, data exchange and data publication. Establishing national and international collaborations and aiming to acquire third party funding. Advising PhD and Master Students, contributing to GEOMAR’s Master’s programme in Biological Oceanography and communicating research results to the media and the general public.

The successful applicant has experience in research on planktonic food webs and ichthyoplankton biology, in particular on trophic interactions of primary producers up to small pelagic fish in mesocosm approaches. Expertise in experimental research on natural plankton communities including ichthyoplankton and in rearing, releasing, sampling and examining fish larvae is expected. Hands-on technical experience in the determination of larval survival, growth and health condition (e.g. through otholith-analysis, biochemical indicators, fatty acid contents) is desirable. A good publication record is essential. The willingness to participate in multidisciplinary teams in field campaigns with durations of several months is expected. The position will be integrated in on-going and upcoming research projects, including the ERC project Ocean Artificial Upwelling (Ocean artUp) and the BMBF coordinated project Coastal Upwelling System in a Changing Ocean (CUSCO).
This full-time position is available for three years, with the option of a three year extension after successful evaluation. Legal basis for limitation is § 2 Abs. 1 Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.

The salary depends on qualification and can be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. The position can be split, provided that participation in the long field campaigns is not compromised.


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 mention the keyword on the envelope and on the application or in the subject line. Please send your application for this post in copy and without a file no later than June 24, 2018 in a single pdf-file or via mail using the keyword "pelagic food webs/ ichthyoplankton" to the following address:

Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Bewerbungsmanagement / „pelagic food webs/ichthyoplankton“
Wischhofstr. 1 - 3
D-24148 Kiel


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

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Ulf Riebesell (uriebesell(at)

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or