Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d), E13

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg


March 1, 2022


The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at University of Oldenburg invites applications for a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d)

Research area: marine biogeochemical modelling

salary according to E13 TV-L, 100%

starting May 2022 for a period of 3 years

Application deadline: 01 March 2022

The position is suitable for part-time work

The ICBM is an interdisciplinary research institute, for fundamental and applied marine research. The internationally renowned institute aims at understanding the function of marine environmental systems through close cooperation of the various scientific disciplines (chemistry, biology, physics, mathematical modeling) of its more than 20 research groups.

The position is part of an interdisciplinary, collaborative project funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture which focuses on the interactions between bacteria and dissolved organic matter in the ocean. Dissolved organic matter (DOM) forms a large organic carbon reservoir in the ocean and plays a crucial role in energy and nutrient fluxes in marine ecosystems, with implications for the marine carbon cycle and climate. Your task will be to use theory and computational modelling to understand the cycling of marine DOM and changes in its inventory in future climate scenarios on the global scale. We offer a multidisciplinary working environment, a collaborative working atmosphere and support initiative to develop and pursue own ideas in the broader context of the topic.

Requirements: Qualifying outstanding academic university degree (Master or Diploma) and a doctoral degree in the natural, mathematical or computer sciences, preferably with a background in microbiology or biogeochemistry. Experience in numerical, process-oriented modelling, programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Python and/or MatLab, ) as well as fluently spoken and written English is required. Knowledge on microbial interactions, marine ecosystems, and ecological theory are considered advantageous, but all applicants with very good critical thinking skills and demonstrated ability to drive projects in a timely manner will be considered. We expect ability for and enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary, international team and to communicate with external partners.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with Lower Saxony regulations (§ 21 Section 3 NHG) female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, qualifying documents (final academic records), research statement (1 page), and the names and contact information of up to three references should be submitted by email in a single PDF to Susanne Wendeling ( using subject "Postdoc-Biogeochemical Modelling" by 01.03.2022.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Prof. Dr. Sinikka Lennartz ( or Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar ( for more information about the position.