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Researcher (f/m) with focus on Geophysics

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Potsdam, 20.07.2017

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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1280 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.

Subject to the final approval of the BMWi funded ERA-ACT project "Pre-ACT – Pressure
control and conformance management for safe and efficient CO2 storage - Accelerating
CCS Technologies", Section 6.3 "Geological Storage" in Department 6 "Geoengineering"
invites applications for a

Researcher with focus
on Geophysics (m/f)

Reference No. 33/63/17 D

as Senior Scientist to develop efficient monitoring protocols
and practicable conformance assessment methods
for industrial operators of CO2 storage sites.

  • analysis of existing monitoring data
    from geophysical surveys at various
    CO2 storage test sites (Sleipner,
    Rousse, Otway, Ketzin, etc.),
    classification regarding their
    operational and processing
    efforts, their benefit for joint
    evaluation, and prerequisite for
    a quantitative CO2 migration
    assessment, with a particular
    focus on the resulting pressure
    behavior as key parameter of a safe
    storage site
  • planning, preparation and execution
    of field experiments for pressure and
    saturation discrimination during a CO2
    leakage test scenario, establishing the
    geophysical monitoring layout (seismic and
    geoelectric measurement setups) and
    investigation of the sensitivity of poroelastic rock physics
    properties in relationship to various seismic viscoelastic attributes
  • investigation of methodologies for site conformance, including conformance levels and
    criteria for irregularities (e.g. due to uncertainty of multiple data types), inclusive
    quantitative assessment based on real geophysical data from case studies to obtain an
    approach towards practicable protocols for pressure conformance

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) and PhD in geophysics, physics or related disciplines
  • several years of working experience as a researcher, with strong background in inverse modelling and rock physics
  • strong skills in numerical methods and programming
  • experience with geophysical field campaigns and willingness to conduct field surveys
  • ability to work in an independent, structured and goal-oriented way
  • strong team and communication skills for working in an interdisciplinary environment
  • very good command in written and spoken English, good command in German is an asset

Starting date:as soon as possible

Fixed term:3 years

Working hours:full-time (currently 39 h/week)
The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment

Salary:EG 14 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)

Place of work: Potsdam

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment
that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life
is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working
time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with
other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional
cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for
cooperation and development.

Bewerbungsschluss: 18.08.2017