PhD Position in Glacial Modeling

PhD Position in Glacial Modeling

  • Reference Number 4884

The PhD position is part of the second phase of the DFG-funded priority program 2017 “Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (4D-MB)”, which seeks to explore how re-organizations of Earth’s mantle during the collision of tectonic plates have both immediate and long-lasting effects on crustal motion, fault kinematics, earthquake distribution and surface evolution. The advertised project, led by Prof. Dirk Scherler (GFZ) and Prof. Ricarda Winkelmann (PIK), will investigate the isostatic response of the European Alps to Quaternary glaciations. The research focus is on numerical modeling of the Alpine ice cover and the lithospheric deformation.

Your responsibilities:

  • develop a workflow that links ice models (e.g., PISM, iSOSIA) and lithospheric models
  • data compilation for model forcing and evaluation
  • conduct extensive numerical experiments
  • close collaboration within an interdisciplinary network of scientists and other doctoral students in Geology, Geodesy, Geophysics, and Geochemistry
  • present results at international conferences and in scientific publications
  • work in a team with other PhD students, postdocs, and staff

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geosciences, Physics, Mathematics or other related sciences
  • proven experience in glaciology and/or geodynamics, and numerical modeling
  • very good programming skills; knowledge of C/C++ is beneficial
  • proficient in spoken and written English; proficiency in German is beneficial, but not required
  • excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a multidisciplinary team

Start date: as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 3 years
Salary: This position has been assessed as being Salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam


What we offer:

  • ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • public service benefits
  • extensive training opportunities
  • professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • flexible working hours and conditions
  • support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • institute day-care centre on site 
  • working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • in walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 30th April 2021.

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