Deadline approaching: Scientist position in climate change and stress biology of marine invertebrates, GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2017!

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 72 million Euro and has approx. 950 employees.

The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is offering a Scientist position in Climate change and Stress Biology of marine invertebrates starting on October 1st, 2017 and ending on March 31st, 2021
in the research unit “Benthic Ecology” of the research division “Marine Ecology”.

Job Description / Duties

Climate change will not only shift environmental means but will also increase the variability around these means. This project should investigate the role of increased variability vs. increase in mean stress (from e.g. ocean warming, ocean acidification, desalination, hypoxia) for marine Baltic Sea invertebrate species and its consequences at the population level of species. This research project will make use of novel computer-controlled indoor mesocosm facilities simulating various pattern of environmental variability.


The successful candidate should have a PhD in marine biology or marine ecology, preferably with a topic addressing aspects of environmental variability. Thorough research experience in the fields of invertebrate biology and benthic experimental ecology is required. Preferably, the candidate should have experience with different techniques for maintenance of different invertebrate species. Technical skills are welcome but not mandatory. Experience and/or competence in developing and handing small- and larger scale mesocosm facilities is required. The candidate should be willing and ambitious in supervising bachelor, master and PhD students and have the capability to coordinate larger-scale experimental assessments. International work experience is welcome. The candidate’s scientific qualification should be evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and contributions to international conferences. The candidate should show good success in acquiring external funding.

The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 14 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can not be split, flexible timetables are possible- The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application (including 1. CV, 2. contact addresses of 3 referees, and 3. letter of motivation) in a single PDF file and not later than February 15th, 2017 using the keyword  “Environmental Variability” to bewerbung(at)

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information please contact Prof. Martin WAHL (mwahl(at) or visit our homepage at

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