Postdoctoral Position in biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the oceans



Postdoctoral Position in biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the oceans

Deadline: 14th February 2019

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. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Chemical Oceanography of the research division Marine Biogeochemistry is offering a

Postdoctoral Position in biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the oceans

starting on April 1st 2019.

Topic of position: Investigations into sources, sinks and cycling of trace elements in the oceans

Job Description / Project Description
Our work focuses on the role of the oceans in the global carbon cycle, and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and trace elements and their interactions with ocean biology. We combine developments of analytical techniques and novel sensors, with ocean observations and laboratory experiments.

The candidate will investigate the sources, sinks, biogeochemical cycling and ecological effects of trace elements in the oceans. The work will focus on open ocean systems and form part of the large contribution by the team to the International GEOTRACES Program. State of the art analytical techniques are available to undertake ocean observations, experiments and data handling. The candidate will perform ocean observations and link the sources and behaviour of trace elements to tracers (e.g. Ra isotopes, 3He). The candidate will undertake sample collection and analysis with assistance of technical staff, with subsequent data analysis, interpretation and scientific manuscript publication. Preparation and submission of research proposals is expected. Supervision and co-supervision of students and researchers is envisaged.


  • The candidate must have a M.Sc and PhD, or be close (within four months) to completion of a PhD, in chemical oceanography or a similar field. The candidate must have a strong background in marine biogeochemistry.
  • Experience with investigations into the behaviour, fate and ecological effects of trace elements in the ocean is required. Expertise with ship-board sampling for dissolved trace elements is required.
  • The candidate must have the expertise to undertake trace element analysis in seawaters using ICP-MS. Experience with statistical techniques for analysis of large data sets is preferred.
  • The candidate must have an excellent publication record, including first author publications, commensurate with experience
  • We expect excellent English language skills, and that the candidate is willing and able to participate in sea-going expeditions of several weeks in duration.

The position is available for a funding period of 3 years, with a possibility for another 3 years following positive evaluation. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

The salary depends on qualification and is at class E13 TVoD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees, but could be up to class E14 in case on qualification. The position is a full-time position and 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 for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "Achterberg trace metal biogeochemistry¨ in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 14th February 2019 to following email addresses:

bewerbung(at) and eachterberg(at)

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. Dr. Eric Achterberg (eachterberg(at) or +49431-600-1290).

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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