Position Announcements

Polar Biological Oceanography, Scientist

The Helmholtz Max Planck Joint Research Group for Deep Sea Ecology
and Technology of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for
Polar and Marine Research (AWI), invites applications for a 

Scientist, Polar Biological Oceanography

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 and
geophysics. The HGF MPG Deep Sea Group (http://www.awi.de/en/research/deep_sea/)
studies the biogeochemistry, biodiversity and functioning of deep-sea
ecosystems in a changing world. Main foci are ecological field studies
and experimental work in polar deep-sea ecosystems. The group operates
different types of open-ocean and deep-sea technologies enabling in situ
biological and biogeochemical studies, including ocean observatories
contributing to national and international programs of Earth system
sciences. Since more than 10 years we run the HAUSGARTEN observatory off
Svalbard, which contributes to the international LTER-Long Term
Ecological Research Infrastructure network and the “Earth and
Environment” program of the HGF. Using a multidisciplinary approach and
combining ship-based expeditions and autonomous observation, the
HAUSGARTEN observatory is dedicated to assess temporal and spatial
variations in biodiversity and ecosystem function in response to the
rapid changes observed in the Arctic.

To support this work we seek a scientist with a PhD in biology, chemistry
or oceanography, with considerable expertise in polar biological and/or
chemical oceanography, biogeochemistry, and/or marine biology. Essential
expertises include plankton research, oceanography and/or ecology of
polar systems. Experiences with statistical assessment, interpretation,
synthesis of long-term ecological data and/or with marine technologies
dedicated to the quantification of biological, oceanographical and
biogeochemical processes are of advantage. Applicants should have
demonstrated capability for the organisation of and participation in
international expeditions and third-funded projects, and should be
fluent in English. You should be able and willing to participate in long
polar expeditions. We look for highly motivated, independent
researchers who enjoy teamwork, and who possess excellent communication

Tasks: The work will include the organization,
and coordination of scientific projects and expeditions, as well as the
scientific support of long-term observation, especially regarding
plankton research, oceanographic moorings and sediment traps. Research
focus is pelago-benthic coupling in polar seas, connecting processes at
the surface of the ocean and in the ice with seafloor processes. The
interdisciplinary approach in long-term ecological research includes
also the integration and synthesis of oceanographical, chemical and
biodiversity data. You will work in a team of deep-sea ecologists,
marine biologists, oceanographers, engineers and technicians. Your
office and labs are based at the AWI in Bremerhaven. A close
collaboration with and access to labs at the MPI for Marine
Microbiology, and possibilities to contribute to graduate education via
one of our international graduate schools are some of the many
opportunities the work will offer.

For further information please contact: Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (antje.boetius(at)awi.de) or Dr. Thomas Soltwedel (Thomas.soltwedel@awi.de)

initial contract is for two years. After a successful evaluation the
position is available for tenure. Salary will be in accordance with the
German Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund; depending on
qualification EG13). Starting date for this position is as soon as

The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees within the
scientific staff and is especially inviting qualified female scientists
to apply for the position. Handicapped applicants with comparable
qualifications receive preferential status. The AWI supports balanced
work-life career development via a variety of measures. Because of our
engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded
the certificate “Career and Family”. To find out more about what it
means to work at AWI and the locations, please visit our homepage

To apply for the position, please cite the code 63/G/Bio-tt and send your application (cover letter, letter of motivation, CV, publication list, 3 addresses for references) by 31st August, 2013, to: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven, Germany or by email (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: Personal(at)awi.de