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The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment ( is the marine research institute at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg with locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. At the location in Wilhelmshaven we seek to fill a position for a

Graduate Student / PhD Student Position (m/f/d)
(E13 TV-L, 50%)
and is available from 01.04.2020 for a term of 3 years.

The research group Processes and Sensing of Marine Interfaces explores anomalies of salinity and temperature in the upper ocean in relation to the fate of freshwater in the marine environment. With 75% of evaporation and precipitation occurring over the ocean, the hydrological cycle is poorly understood on a global scale due to challenges to monitor freshwater fluxes (i.e., evaporation minus precipitation) over the ocean. The aim of the project is to provide a mechanistic understanding of the fate of freshwater as an ultimate foundation to find suitable proxies for freshwater fluxes based on satellite measurements. Since observations have been scarce, especially close the actual sea surface, a mechanistic understanding of marine freshwater fluxes is far from being understood. The project will investigate physical properties of the upper ocean layer and lower atmosphere driving evaporation, as well to characterize precipitation patterns. Both processes affect the salinity and temperature patterns in the surface layers, and are potentially suitable as proxies to describe freshwater fluxes. The project includes fieldwork at a coastal monitoring station in the North Sea and sea-going expeditions. Land-based tank experiments are also planned. Opportunities for close cooperation with the European Space Agency are given.

Candidates must hold an academic university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in a natural science in oceanography, meteorology or environmental science. The candidate should have experiences in the analysis and visualization of large data sets. The candidate should preferably have programming skills and knowledge in modelling physical or chemical processes in the marine environment. Furthermore, sea-going experience, deploying large equipment at sea and skills to operate such equipment are advantageous. Very good English language skills are required to work with the international team of scientists. Candidates should have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research, and experience in the publication of research results are beneficial. Overall, the ideal candidate should show evidence of clear analytical thinking and should rapidly learn and manage knowledge effectively.

The Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg strives to increase the proportion of women in science, so we especially encourage female candidates to apply. According to §21 Abs. 3 NHG, female candidates are given preferences if equally qualified. Equally qualified applicants with a disability will be given preference.

Please send your application (CV, a list of publications, certificates) in English to (olip+qver.agwurlr3ail@uni-oldenburl4g.deciyt), preferably as a single pdf file. The application deadline is 15.02.2019.
Alternatively, applications can be sent per mail to the Institut für Chemie und Biologie des Meeres - AG Marine Grenzflächen, z. Hd. Prof. Oliver Wurl, Schleusenstrasse 1, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Germany.


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