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PostDoc (m/f) Glaciology

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Bremerhaven, 04.04.2017

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 Glaciology in Bremerhaven invites applications for a


for ice flow modeling. The ice modeling group at AWI investigates the dynamics and mass balance of ice sheets, ice streams and ice shelves. We apply and develop numerical models and perform regional and global multi-scale simulations. In combination with observational glaciologists, we aim to improve the understanding of glaciological process and assess observe changes.

Prognostic modeling of the ice dynamics and mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet with the numerical ice flow model ISSM: The aim of the related project is to examine the effect of different global warming pathways of 1.5°C on the ice dynamics and mass loss of the Greenland ice sheet. The focus is on overshoot scenarios in which global warming may exceed 1.5°C before and reduce to 1.5°C by the year 2100. In addition to the statistical comparison between the simulations, an assessment of the effect of grid resolution, process descriptions and spin-ups should be performed.

  • PhD in numerical modeling in glaciology
  • experience with finite elements and numerical methods on unstructured grids
  • experience with cluster computing
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Humbert (, Tel.: +49 (0)471-4831-1834).

The position is limited to March 31st, 2019. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund) up to salary group 13, based on qualifications and transferred tasks. 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 (letter of motivation, CV, publication list if applicable and contact information of two referees) by April 26th, 2017 referencing code 63/D/Geo to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

Bewerbungsschluss: 26.04.2017