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PostDoc "Phytooptics" (m/f/d)

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    Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
    Environmental science
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    20/11/2020 07:37 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Bremerhaven
    To be defined


Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

PostDoc "Phytooptics" (m/f/d)

The tasks of the postdoc position are embedded within two third party funded projects (EnMAP CalVal Water, TypSynSat) related to the German satellite mission EnMAP. The position is based within the Phytooptics Group (section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas) which is lead by Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher.


  • Development of a synergistic phytoplankton groups product from ENMAP and similar hyperspectral satellite data, and from multispectral OLCI data for coastal and inland waters.
  • Adaptation of OC-PFT algorithm, validation of phytoplankton products with in-situ data and implementation of algorithms into the EnMAP Box.
  • Project coordination of TypSynSat project and related communication within the team and with cooperation partners.
  • Support of the following activities within the ENMAP CalVal Water project:
    • Implementation of the EnMAP atmospheric correction into the EnMAP Box.
    •  Acquisition of in-situ data in inland and coastal waters for ENMAP water products’ and algorithms’ validation.

  • Presentation of projects‘ results at international and national workshops and conferences.
  • Summarizing related results in manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Dissemination of methods and products used and produced within the projects in lectures and online modules, as well as other activities related to outreach and knowledge transfer.


  • Master or diploma in physics, oceanography, meteorology, environmental physics (or similar) with PhD
  • Very good proven programming skills (python)
  • Experience with the mathematical analysis of big data
  • Proven publication activity in peer-reviewed journals
  • Driver’s license class B
  • Good English written and oral language skills (minimum C1)
  • Sufficient German written and oral language skills (minimum B2)
  • The skills to developing own research questions and tackling both scientific and technical challenges individually, while working well as part of a team

Desirable skills and experience

  • Processing of satellite data sets, data assimilation, campaigns in inland and oceanic waters.
  • Boat license

Further Information
The AWI is characterised by

The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success - excellent research.
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

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EURAXESS offer ID: 570855
Posting organisation offer ID: 689


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