Open Positions

At the Faculty of Physics and Geosciences the following Junior Professorship has to be filled starting on 1 October 2017:
W1 Junior Professorship Arctic Climate Changes (with tenure track leading to W2).
(Position will be offered for 3 years and is extendable another 3 years after successful evaluation.)
The successful applicant is distinguished by outstanding expertise in ground- or satellite-based remote sensing of processes driving Arctic climate  changes, in particular of interactions and feedback mechanisms of ocean, sea ice, and land surfaces with the atmosphere. The application,  combination, and advancement of respective observational and modeling tools is a major strength of the applicant. A close collaboration with the  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Umweltforschungszentrum – UFZ) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) in Leipzig in the area of remote sensing of land surface processes is anticipated. An active contribution to the Transregional Collaborative Research Center (TR 172) on “Arctic Amplification” is expected. The successful applicant will actively participate in the established Bachelor and Master of Science courses in Meteorology.

Under the terms of § 59 Abs. 2 Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz (SächsHSFG) the candidate can be offered a Professorship (W2) without further advertisement (tenure track).
Rights and obligations of the jobholder are within the Saxonian university law (SächsHSFG) §§ 63, 64, 70 and the Saxonian public service task  regulation (Sächsische Dienstaufgabenver-ordnung, DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of § 63 SächsHSFG. The University of Leipzig emphasizes the equality of women and men.
Handicapped applicants are encouraged to apply and given preference if equally qualified.

The complete Job advertisement can be found here..

Applications with the usual documents, enclosing detailed CV, a list of the scientific work and academic teaching including available records of  teaching evaluations and a certified copy of the certificate of the highest acquired academic degree should be sent, preferably also in a digital format  as one PDF-document, before 31 March 2017 to: Universität Leipzig, Dekan der Fakultät für Physik und Geowissenschaften, Herrn Prof. Dr. Haase, Linnéstraße 5, 04103 Leipzig, An application via email entails data protection and privacy risks. The sender therefore bears full responsibility.

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.
Our section Physical Oceanography of the Polar Seas invites applications for a position as a
PhD student
Background and tasks:
The PhD project of the “Atmospheric composition and ocean colour of the Arctic retrieved from satellite measurements” in collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University Bremen (within the German Science Foundation Collaborative Research Center “Arctic Amplification”) will encompass studying the change of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) loading in the Arctic Ocean and its effects on the ocean’s carbon fluxes and heat budget by using satellite and model information. Within this project, an algorithm to retrieve CDOM from ocean color remote sensing will be adapted, to the Arctic Ocean optical properties and applied to all available remote sensing data. The derived satellite CDOM data shall be used via data assimilation in a coupled ocean-ice-ecosystem-model to quantify radiative and biogeochemical effects of CDOM loading over the last 20 years.

  • M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, oceanography, environmental physics or meteorology with a grade point average better than B (English grade) or 2.0 (German grade),
  • good programming skills in at least one high level programming language and experience with big data,
  • good knowledge of the following fields is advantageous: physical and biological oceanography, marine optics, numerical modelling
  • team skills in a multidisciplinary environment,
  • good command of English in writing and speaking (level B2)

The complete job advertisement can be found here.


Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (letter of motivation, CV, publication list if applicable and contact information of two referees) by April 12th, 2017 referencing code 56/D/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Astrid Bracher (

The position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.
We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.