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50087754_3 - 2022/KU 1


Beginn der Ausschreibung07.10.2022
Ende der Ausschreibung30.11.2022
Institut bzw. BereichInstitut für Umweltchemie des Küstenraumes
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Chemistry transport modelling; Project GMOS TRAIN, Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union, 15 Early Stage Researchers working together in Europe.

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon offers a 2 year postgraduate position. You will be working on “Regional 3D atmosphere and ocean modeling to quantify the impact of oceanic Hg sources” as part of a group of 15 international Early Stage Researchers under the integrated training network “GMOS-Train”. Your working place will be at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Geesthacht, Germany. The position includes secondments at international partner organizations.
This positon is eligible only for postgraduates without a PhD degree.

More information can be found on the website

Equality of opportunity is an important part of our personnel policy. We would therefore strongly encourage qualified women to apply for the position.

Your tasks

  • Application of regional atmospheric chemistry model systems for mercury
  • Improvement of mercury chemistry in the model's chemical mechanism
  • Implementation of exchange processes between atmosphere and ocean in the model system

Your profile

  • Master degree in atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences or related scientific studies
  • Experience in the application of complex atmospheric model systems
  • Very good programming skills in python, R, C++ or similar programming languages
  • Very good knowledge of the English language
  • max. 1 year previous working time in Germany in the last 3 years

We offer you

  • multinational work environment with ca. 1,100 colleagues from more than 50 nations
  • extensive options of vocational training (i. a. expert seminars, language courses or leadership seminars)
  • flexible working hours and various models to ensure the compatibility of family and career
  • excellent infrastructure, including a scientific in-house library as well as modern work spaces
  • free employee advice - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare offers(at work location Geesthacht)
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation
  • PhD Buddy Program
  • canteen at the Geesthacht location

Severely disabled persons and those equaling severely disabled persons who are equally suitable for the position will be considered preferentially within the framework of legal requirements.


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents
(cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number

2022/KU 1 until 30th November, 2022.

Apply now!

   GMOS-Train - Call for ESR Application

Global Mercury Observation Training Network in Support of the Minamata Convention

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon offers a 2 year postgraduate position. You will be working on “Regional 3D atmosphere and ocean modeling to quantify the impact of oceanic Hg sources” as part of a group of 15 international Early Stage Researchers under the integrated training network “GMOS-Train”. Your working place will be at Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Geesthacht, Germany. The position includes secondments at international partner organizations.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action “Global Mercury Observation and Training Network in Support to the Minamata Convention” is an international research project, coordinated by Prof. Milena Horvat from the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) and is financed under the funding line “excellent science” of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. In this very competitive scheme the project received total score 100%. It includes 11 European project partners and participates with eminent research institutions, such as Harvard University and MIT, and other organisations, such as UN Environment, JRC Ispra and eminent NGOs.

The overall objectives of the GMOS-Train network are:
(1) to provide urgently needed training in Hg science within the context of the UNEP Minamata Convention, and
(2) to fill key knowledge gaps in biogeochemical Hg cycling linking anthropogenic emissions and Hg in marine food webs.

ESRs will be trained through a structured and comprehensive programme and will not only learn the theory but will gain first-hand lab experience. The partners engaged in the project will work closely together, with each of the partners supervising at least one research project. All ESRs will spend time not only at the hosting institution but also in one of the other partner universities/research centers/regulatory agencies/companies involved in GMOS Train project throughout Europe. Being trained in highly relevant research topics will enhance researchers career prospective and employability. The GMOS-Train aims to recruit outstanding and highly motivated ESRs to meet the ambitious goals of the project.
More information can be found on the website .

- Eligibility Criteria -
GMOS-Train is looking for a broad international representation of early stage researchers. The network clearly acknowledges its responsibility for the recruitment of the researchers, their working and living conditions, as stated in the document “The European Charter for Researchers -Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. Gender equality and minority rights will also be promoted in the selection process. There is no age limit.

The positions are open to all nationalities. However, your application has to comply with the European Commission’s Mobility Rules, meaning that at the time of recruitment you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date (indicative start of the employment contract, Month Date 2022/23). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account (European Commission’s Guide for Applicants).

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR)
In case you have already gained prior work experience in academia, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career at the time of recruitment by the host organisation and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Part-time research experience will be counted pro-rata (European Commission’s Guide for Applicants).

Relevant University Degree
Master’s degree or equivalent in Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences or related fields.

- Employment Conditions -
The selected candidates are employed with a fulltime contract. The salary follows the Marie Curie-Skłodowska ITN funding Scheme. The researcher is hired under an employment contract and benefits from a monthly living allowance, social security cover, plus a mobility and family allowance.
A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment. For more information please visit the Marie Curie-Skłodowska website and GMOS-Train website.

- ESRs Key Responsibilities -
• To manage and carry out the research projects within 24- 36 months.
• To write a PhD dissertation.
• To participate in research and training activities within the GMOS-Train network.
• To write articles for scientific peer reviews.
• To participate in meetings of different GMOS-Train consortium bodies.
• To disseminate the research in the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public engagement.
• To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
• To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web.
• To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.

- ESRs Benefits -
• Prestigious EU fellowship.
• Highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.
• Excellent training programme covering health and environment science and state-of-the-art technologies.
• Develop multidisciplinary research skills.
• Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia.
• Establish a professional network in industry and academia.
• Visits and secondments to other project partners within industry and academia for up to 30% of your appointment period.

- Available position -
ESR 12
Project Title Regional 3D atmosphere and ocean models to quantify the impact of oceanic sources on the regional Hg budget.
Host: Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
Supervisor: R. Ebinghaus (Hereon)
Co-supervisors: I.M. Hedgecock (CNR), V. Matthias (Hereon)

Objectives: To improve the modelling of Hg red-ox chemistry schemes in the atmosphere and implement exchange processes between the ocean and the atmosphere to facilitate the coupling between 3D atmospheric and oceanic models; to evaluate model updates using observational data and investigate the role of oceanic emissions; to investigate the impact of emission changes on Hg cycling in Europe. Collaboration with ESR1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15.
Expected Results: Updated Hg red-ox chemistry in regional models. Quantification of the impact of oceanic sources on observed Hg concentrations and on regional deposition patterns. Clarification to what extent reductions in anthropogenic Hg emissions will be visible in reduced atmospheric concentrations and depositions (2 papers).
Planned secondments: CNR (I. Hedgecock), 2 months, model harmonization between ESR12 and ESR15. UGA (A. Dommergue), 1 month, improvement of the redox chemistry in regional model; the ESR will participate in the setup and evaluation of laboratory experiments;
Prerequisites: Master’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Science, Meteorology, Chemistry or related fields. Experience in programming (e.g. python, R, C++) and in applying complex atmospheric model systems.

The position will be for 2 years starting as soon as possible with a possible extension of 1 year. The candidate will be enrolled in a doctoral school. This positon is eligible only for postgraduates without a PhD degree.
Working place will be Geesthacht, Germany.