Postdoc Position “Modelling for the Assessment of Coastal Systems”

The Institute of Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany, is investigating the natural physical and biogeochemical dynamics of the coastal ocean and the impact of anthropogenic influences on the natural state.

We invite applications for a Postdoc Position (m/f) for the department “Modelling for the Assessment of Coastal Systems“. It will partly be funded by the project “Wissenschaftliche Monitoringkonzepte für die Deutsche Bucht (WIMO)”. The foreseen work in close cooperation with both internal and external partners addresses the assessment of the marine state and its changes in the German Bight in the light of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and coastal protection. The position is limited for three years. The place of employment is Geesthacht.

Your work will focus on the use of Lagrangian transport simulations to support a) the interpretation of long-term biological observations with respect to e.g., eutrophication issues, exploring also ways of integrating data from different locations and b) the risk assessment of dispersant application in the context of oil spill contingency planning. All studies will be performed based on already existing multi-decadal reconstructions of environmental conditions (www.coastdat.de).

You are expected to hold a recent PhD or to have an equivalent research record in the field of Earth Sciences with a focus on mathematical statistics and numerical modeling. You have skills in scientific programming (preferably Fortran) and experience with multivariate data analysis. Specific knowledge about conditional independence modeling, Bayesian networks or structural equation modelling and experience in using GIS would be advantageous.

Closing date for application is July 29th, 2013

Please see also: http://www.hzg.de/about_us/job/division/038373/index_0038373.html.de

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