PhD position in the Marine Chemistry Department (f/m/d)

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Warnemünde

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) has a fixed-term vacancy starting on 01.10.2024

PhD position in the Marine Chemistry Department (f/m/d)

for a period of 3 years and a percentage of 75% (30 h/week). The remuneration is based on TV-L EG 13.

Who are we?

The IOW is an independent research institute of the Leibniz Association for which equal opportunities, family friendliness and work-life balance are very important. Our research focus is on the coastal and marginal seas, especially the Baltic Sea. The staff of the four sections Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology works interdisciplinary within a joint research programme.

What will be your tasks?

The Bio-physical Interactions in Marine Ecosystems working group investigates the occurrence of microplastics in the deep areas of the north-east Atlantic based on sediment trap samples for some time. As part of the doctoral position, particle flux samples from the deep North Atlantic, the Madeira Basin, the subpolar regions and the Baltic Sea, shall be analysed and evaluated. Based on several existing time series, bulk measurements of the particle flux and its components as well as measurements using RAMAN spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are intended to allow a chemical and mineralogical characterisation of the material and statements about the occurrence of different polymers. Furthermore, regional and temporal differences in pollution levels shall be identified and possible sources of microplastic contamination will be localised using currents and aerosol optical depth (AOD) data.

What do we expect from you?

We are looking for a person with a very good to good Master's degree in chemistry or biology, chemical/biological oceanography, or one of the biogeochemically orientated fields of geosciences. Profound knowledge in at least one of the fields of regional oceanography, biogeochemistry, or marine chemistry is expected. We are seeking a candidate with a strong interest in analytical chemistry and method development in the field of microplastics research. The work includes goal-oriented analysis of samples, data evaluation, conducting literature searches, scientific publishing, and presentation of scientific results in the form of posters and talks at national and international conferences. The ability to statistically analyse data sets is desirable for the position, as is the experience of working at sea and the ability to work in a team. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for the position. Knowledge of Matlab/Python or R and Latex as well as experience and interest in interdisciplinary collaboration on land and at sea are desirable.

What does the IOW offer?

The IOW offers you a varied workplace in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea (Work at sea) with flexible working arrangements, e.g. the possibility of working from home or remotely and a company health management. A very good infrastructure with modern laboratory and office equipment, including on our own research vessel, form the framework for the best working conditions.

How do we promote equal opportunities?

Our job offers are aimed at all people regardless of their gender. Research benefits from a diverse working environment, which is why we have signed the Diversity Charter.

IOW aims to specifically promote women in areas where they are underrepresented. For this purpose, the institute has given itself a plan to promote equality (plan for the equal opportunities committee at the IOW) and has repeatedly been awarded the Total E-Quality award for its commitment (website TOTAL E-QUALITY e. V.). You can find an overview of our measures for equal opportunities and for improving the compatibility of work and family on our website.

We give preference to applications from disabled persons with equal professional and personal suitability. Please mention the disability or equality in your letter of application and enclose a copy of the relevant certificate.

How to apply?

Please send us your application documents with cover letter including motivation statement, CV, copies of your certificates, description of relevant activities and experiences as well as names of 3 potential referees.

We look forward to receiving your application, quoting the keyword: Che 03/2024 by 28.06.2024 to:bewerbung.chemie(at)io-warnemuende.de


Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

Human Resources Department

Seestraße 15

18119 Rostock


The interviews will take place in the 33rd week of 2024, most likely on 15th August 2024.

Unfortunately, we cannot cover your application and travel costs.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Joanna J. Waniek

Leibniz Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde

Stellv. Sektionsleiterin Meeresschemie

Seestraße 15, D18119 Rostock, Germany

tel: 0049 381 5197 300

fax: 0049 381 5197 302

email: joanna.waniek(at)io-warnemuende.de