PhD student (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Warnemünde

The Department Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation of the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) is offering position (3 years) as

PhD Student (m/f/d)

starting on July 1st, 2020. The position is placed in the working group of “Estuarine and coastal ocean processes” (https://www.io-warnemuende.de/ecop.html). Remuneration is paid depending on the individual qualification and in accordance with the TV-L salary scale at level EG 13 monthly gross salary (30 hours/week).

The IOW is an independent institute of the Leibniz Association, which focuses on coastal marginal seas, notably the Baltic Sea is investigated. The scientists inside of the four sections (Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology) work together within the framework of a joint research program.

Job description

The position is financed by the BMBF funded coordinated project “Greenland Ice sheet/Ocean interaction (GROCE)” with the sub-project “Process-based quantification of subglacial melt rates”. The task of the PhD student will be to developed physically and numerically improved mathematical formulations for the melt rate and test them in the framework of idealised numerical models. In close collaboration with the project coordinator, the Alfred Wegener Institute- Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, the new formulations will be implemented into an ocean model focussing on the cavity under the marine terminating 79°N glacier in Greenland. Since the melt rate and its variability and trends directly impacts on global sea level rise, its proper quantification is essential for research on climate change. Information on the GROCE project is given here: https://groce.de/en/.


Applicants must have a master degree (at least “good”) in physical oceanography or a related natural or geoscientific discipline with pronounced physical-mathematical components. Knowledge of physical oceanography, and experience in the application of numerical models is expected. Furthermore, experiences in the use of Linux/Unix, Fortran, and graphical analysis programs such as Matlab, Python, or R are required as well as the ability to work in a team and good knowledge of the English language.

Applicants are asked to send their complete applications (CV, publication list, copies of certificates, references) quoting the Code: Phy 04/2020, until 1. June 2020 to bewerbung.physik(at)io-warnemuende.de or

Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)

Dept. Human Resources

Seestraße 15

D-18119 Rostock


Applications of disabled persons with same professional and personal qualification will be treated preferentially. Please indicate a handicap in the cover letter and enclose the relevant certificate.

The job advertisement is aimed at all persons regardless of their gender. The IOW promotes equal opportunities and was awarded the Total Equality Award (TEQ) regularly since 2013. An overview of our measures to equal opportunities and to improve the compatibility of work and family can be found at https://www.io-warnemuende.de/equal-opportunity.html.

Our family office, equipped with computer workstation and toys, offers parents the opportunity to take children to the IOW for shorter time periods. Applications of female candidates are particularly encouraged and will be treated preferentially in case of equal qualifications and suitability, as the post to be filled belongs to a structural unit in which women are underrepresented.

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research offers a varied work in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea. Interdisciplinary research topics on the Baltic Sea ecosystem, broad in-house expertise in physical, chemical and biological oceanography, and marine geology, state-of-the-art-laboratory equipment and infrastructure together with modern facilities provide an excellent framework for best research conditions.

Application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed unfortunately.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Hans Burchard, hans.burchard(at)io-warnemuende.de or visit our website www.io-warnemuende.de.