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Stellenausschreibung / Job advertisement

At the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM, Wilhelmshaven) of the University Oldenburg, the following position is available from 01.09.2022 for a period of 48 months

Research Associate (m/f/d)

Scientific Coordination of the Research Unit "Biogeochemical processes and Air–sea exchange in the Sea-Surface microlayer (BASS)"

(E 13 TV-L, 100 %)

ICBM is an internationally renowned research institute for fundamental and applied marine sciences. The Institute has more than 20 research groups to strive to better understand the function of marine environmental systems through interdisciplinary studies (chemistry, biology, physics, mathematical modelling).

The position is part of the BASS research group funded by the German Research Foundation. The overall goal is to investigate the importance of sea-surface microlayer (SML) as a biogeo- and photochemical reactor and how its reactivity affects ocean-atmosphere interactions. BASS will provide new insights into the accumulation of organic material in the SML and how well-adapted microbes and (photo)chemistry transform organic material. BASS will investigate the extent to which photochemical production of trace gases and the presence of natural surfactants in the SML influence ocean-atmosphere exchange processes. BASS will also investigate the coupling between the SML and bulk water, as this coupling determines the distribution of the unique products of biogeo- and photochemical processes in the SML to the upper ocean. Eight subprojects will collaborate in joint field campaigns in the open North Sea, a joint mesocosm study at the Sea-Surface Facility at ICBM, and a joint experiment at the University of Hamburg Wind Wave tank. BASS will combine interdisciplinary expertise, advanced technologies for millimeter-scale observations, core infrastructures for controlled experiments, and state-of-the-art analytical facilities at the molecular and cellular levels. Remotely operated and autonomous catamarans, drifter buoys, and measuring buoys are used for field work.

Your tasks:

  • Coordination of joint and interdisciplinary research activities of all eight subprojects at sea, mesocosm studies and experiments in the Wind Wave tank.
  • Support in a concept for the acquisition, access and archiving of scientific data.
  • Management of the database with quality assurance, backups, general data analysis and visualization.
  • Support in the organization of workshops and events for public relations, and writing of publications. 

Required prerequisites:

You ideally bring with you:

  • PhD in Oceanography, Environmental Science or a related subject.
  • Extensive knowledge in the analysis of large data sets, preferably experience in Matlab or similar software solution for data analysis.
  • Experience in science management. 

We offer:

  • Collaboration in an interdisciplinary, international and dedicated research team.
  • Advanced training and education as well as publication of scientific papers.
  • Support of work-life balance.
  • Modern workplaces and laboratories in the Center for Marine Sensors at ICBM. 

The University of Oldenburg aims to increase the proportion of women in science. Therefore, women are strongly encouraged to apply. According to §21 para. 3 NHG, female applicants shall be given preferential consideration in case of equivalent qualification.

Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please contact Prof. Dr. Oliver Wurl ().

Please send your application with cover letter, CV, copies of certificates and references in a single document as pdf-file (total size max. 10 MB) preferably by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Oliver Wurl () with the subject "BASS" by 08.07.2022.


(Stand: 28.04.2022)