Professorship – University of Bremen

Job description

The University of Bremen invites applications for a W3 professorship in the area of “Physical Oceanography” with a focus on the role of the ocean in the climate system. We are looking for an internationally recognized person to lead research and teaching in this field. The successful applicant should cover broad interests in oceanography and contribute to synergies between the existing research groups, especially at the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), the MARUM Excellence Center for Marine Environmental Science, its Cluster of Excellence “The Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface”, the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven and further collaborating institutions within the U Bremen Research Alliance.

Teaching will include basic and advanced courses in the Bachelor’s and Master’s of physics and interdisciplinary study programs, like the Master in environmental physics, or the newly designed Bachelor in Natural Sciences for a Sustainable Future. Engagement in further developing our study programs is appreciated.

The Bremen Physical Oceanography group is internationally recognized for studying climate-relevant processes and long-term circulation changes in the ocean. The group has expertise in a wide range of observational methods to study large- and mesoscale ocean circulation and small-scale processes to better understand the role of the oceans in the changing Earth system. The group holds observational resources for seagoing expeditions and moored times series stations and maintains world-leading state-of-the-art labs for helium and neon isotope measurements and transient trace gas analysis (CFCs, SF6). The group is engaged in the collaborative research efforts of MOSAiC, the DFG transregios TRR 172 Arctic Amplification (AC3) and TRR 181 Energy Transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean and the MARUM. The work of the group complements the AWI in expertise.

The holder of this position will take the lead of this group. We are seeking for candidates who will integrate one or more of the existing research directions with their own research interests. Linking interior ocean observations with remote sensing and in collaboration with the other groups of the IUP (e.g. Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission) would be appreciated.

Possible future fields of research include upper ocean processes, ocean-sea ice and ice sheet interactions, ocean-atmosphere interaction, marine carbon cycle and storage, oceanic overturning circulation, tracer oceanography, biogeochemical processes and polar oceanography. We welcome interest to maintain, advance and further develop the existing wide range of multidisciplinary observational methods, including the use of autonomous measurement platforms.


Prerequisites for employment are:

  • An academic university degree in physics or closely related field.
  • An outstanding doctorate in physics, physical oceanography or a similar field.
  • An outstanding scientific qualification in observational physical oceanography with strong research competence in studies of physical processes in the ocean, proven by a habilitation or equivalent qualifications.
  • A track record of excellent internationally visible independent research and an international network.
  • Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding, in seagoing expeditions and the ability to acquire ship-time and lead expeditions.
  • For teaching, the pedagogical eligibility, teaching experience at a university, and the ability and willingness to teach in German and English are expected. An appropriate level of proficiency in both languages will be aimed at after an initial time of three years.
  • Engagement in the Master in Environmental Physics and the new international Bachelor in Natural Science for a Sustainable Future is appreciated.
  • Competencies with regard to the consideration of gender and diversity dimensions in research and teaching and in the role as a leader are expected.
  • Moreover, we expect cooperation in the academic self-administration and the committees of the university.

The promotion of young academics and the readiness for further education in higher education are part of the extended range of tasks of the professorship.

General hints

The appointment is based on § 18 BremHG and § 116 BremBG.

The University of Bremen offers a range of measures to support new employees. This includes advice from the Welcome Center, childcare facilities, dual career assistance and opportunities for professional development, including language lessons. The aim of the University of Bremen and Faculty 1 is to increase the proportion of women in science. Women are, therefore, explicitly encouraged to apply. The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.  Priority will be given to handicapped candidates if the professional and personal qualification is equivalent.

Applications should be submitted in writing, enclosing a letter of motivation, an academic curriculum vitae, degree certificates, and concepts for research and teaching in the context of the professorship, by September 12th, 2023, quoting the reference number P591/23, to:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich 01 Physik/Elektrotechnik
z. Hd. Frau Ohlmann    
28359 Bremen

or preferably in electronic form (in a summarized PDF file) to the following address:

For more information regarding this Professorship please contact Prof. Dr. Justus Notholt (+49 421-21862190):
Comprehensive information on all aspects of the hiring process can be obtained here:

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