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Postdoctoral Position - Geosciences - Geodesy and Remote Sensing, GFZ, Potsdam

 von Karsten , 02.04.2014 10:15

Postdoctoral Position - Geosciences - Geodesy and Remote Sensing
PostDoc Position
Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ · Division of Remote Sensing
Germany, Potsdam · 281 Members
Mar 2014
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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approximately 1,100 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.

For Department 1 „Geodasy and Remote Sensing“, Section 1.4 „remote sensing“, we invite applications for a

Postdoctoral position (m/f)
Job Vacancy No. 02/1/14 D

The position is part of the BMBF collaborative project “Geoarchives - Signals of Climate and Landscape Change preserved in Southern African Geoarchives“, funded within the international Research program “SPACES - Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes”. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Sabine Chabrillat in subproject 1 “Identification and mapping of palaeoenvironmental archives and process analysis in Southern Africa based on hyperspectral and multispectral remote sensing technology” in close collaboration with the other project partners in the GFZ, in the Technical University München and in the research institute Senckenberg am Meer Wilhelmshaven as well as cooperation partners in South Africa and Namibia.

Your tasks:

Develop concepts for the use of recent and upcoming Earth Observation Tools for the study of climate and land use changes impacts on the landscape ecosystem in southern Africa
Analyses of current hyperspectral and multispectral satellite imagery over different geoarchives of interest
Presentation and publication of results in scientific conferences and in peer-review journals

Your qualifications:

University degree in Geosciences and/or Remote Sensing
Promotion or PhD
Good physical-geography knowledge on soils and land use problems
Practical experience in the processing and analyses of remote sensing data (hyperspectral, multispectral multitemporal)
Programming skills desired (Matlab, R, IDL)
Availability for field campaigns in southern Africa for several weeks (Namibia, South Africa)
Experience in the organization and conduction of scientific studies as well as of international remote sensing field campaigns
Ability to work in a team
Driving license category B

Starting date: May 1st, 2014
Fixed term: 12 months
Working hours: Full time (39 h/week), the position is, in principle, suitable for a part-time employment.
Salary: EG 13 TVÖD-Bund (Ost)

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

Please submit your application by April 5th, 2014 quoting the reference no. 02/1/14 D by post to the

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Human Resources
14473 Potsdam

or via e-mail using the APPLY button below. Please use the reference no. 02/1/14 D
listed in the subject line.

Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.

We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful. They will not be returned.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Mr. Heinze at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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