Post-Doc position (m/f/d) in Physical Oceanography

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Mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet presently accounts for a quarter of global sea level rise. Recent evidence suggests that marine terminating glaciers all around Greenland have started to retreat. Key to triggering glacier instability is a supply of relatively warm ocean waters. AWI's studies in Northeast Greenland revealed that the properties of the Atlantic waters determine to first order the intensity of ocean-driven melt at the marine terminating outlet glaciers.

The position is part of the Priority Program 'Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)', funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), which provides great opportunities to work with natural and social scientists.


  • You will investigate volume and heat transport processes and pathways associated with Atlantic Water in Fram Strait, on the wider East Greenland continental shelf as well as near the 79 North Glacier, and the Scoresby Sound-Daugaard Jensen Glacier system using historical and newly collected data
  • You will study the variability of and the interplay between the different components relevant for ocean-induced glacier melt, such as atmospheric forcing, far-field ocean and continental shelf/shelf edge processes, topographic control, and fjord dynamics. The analyses will be supported by results from numerical ocean model simulations.
  • Participation in an expedition to carry out relevant oceanographic measurements.
  • You will work jointly with ocean modellers and glaciologists to identify the main drivers of ocean heat to East Greenland glaciers.


  • PhD degree in physical oceanography or related fields,
  • strong background in ocean dynamics,
  • very good programming skills - preferably in Matlab,
  • practical experience in the analysis of hydrographic and ocean current measurements from ship-lowered and moored systems,
  • proven record of first-author publications (career-stage dependent),
  • very good command of English in writing and speaking (corr. to level B2/C1)
  • willingness to interact with an interdisciplinary science community.