Postdoctoral Investigator, coastal ocean dynamics – Institute of Coastal Research

Within the Institute of Coastal Research, we are investigating the nearshore dynamics – in particular with respect to the interaction of waves, bathymetry and currents. For these investigations, the institute uses and develops a unique set of instruments operating on various platforms such as coastal and nearshore towers, boats, drones and moorings. With HZG’s in-house developed coherent marine radar system and several video-based systems we are able to investigate the dynamical processes in the nearshore regions. One of the goals is to better understand and monitor ocean waves, wave-induced nearshore currents during storms and associated coastline changes.

We invite applications for a postdoctoral investigator position (m/f/d) in the department of Radar Hydrography at the Institute of Coastal Research. The position is limited to three years. Commencement date: March 1st, 2021. The place of employment is Geesthacht. 

Your tasks

  • scientific analysis of high-resolution observations of nearshore dynamics, such as wave breaking and rip currents
  • improvement and validation of radar based bathymetry retrieval methods
  • improvement of the monitoring of nearshore dynamics
  • planning of and participation in international research campaigns
  • scientific publications and presentations
  • working as an integral part of a motivated multidisciplinary team in the institute and with external partners

Your profile

Essential qualifications:

  • PhD in physical oceanography, engineering, or related discipline
  • excellent programming skills in Matlab, Python or similar language
  • knowledge in image and signal processing
  • good knowledge of wave dynamics
  • excellent knowledge of processing and interpretation of observational data
  • strong academic publication record
  • excellent communication skills in English
  • high degree of creativity and flexibility

Desirable qualifications:

  • knowledge of fluid dynamics
  • knowledge of Linux/Unix operating systems, and the handling of big data sets
  • willingness to travel and participate in research experiments
  • desire to acquire solid communication skills in German

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with over 1,000 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits

The promotion of equal rights is a matter of course for us. Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.

For inquiries, please contact

Dr. Jochen Horstmann

Interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2020/KO 11. Application deadline: January 17th, 2021

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