Stellenausschreibung "PhD Student"

PhD Student

As a mid-size university with 250 professorships and 19.000 students, the University of Bremen is one of eleven universities having been successful in the German Excellence Initiative. In autumn 2015 a new research group, to be headed by Ben Marzeion, will be established at the Institute of Geography. The group’s research topics will include climate, glaciers, water availability, and sea level rise.

The Institute of Geography in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Bremen, invites applications for the following academic position  (under the condition of job release), starting September 15 th, 2015, for 3 years, which can be extended depending on performance:


PhD student
EG 13 TV-L
part time position 50 %
Reference number:  A81/15



We are looking for a PhD student who will take part in modeling of mountain glaciers and ice caps on regional and global scales. The range of topics that may be addressed includes the climatic mass balance of glaciers, ice dynamics, calving dynamics, glacier reconstructions and projections, and impacts of glaciers on water availability and sea level. We will apply advanced validation and calibration methods and develop our model(s) in international collaborations.

The position also requires teaching within physical geography (2 hr/week during the semester).
To apply successfully, you will:

  • have a Master of Science in a field of Earth science with proven, strong mathematical/physical background, or a Master of Science in physics/mathematics/informatics with previous experience in an Earth science;
  • have demonstrated skills in scientific programming;
  • be fluent in English (equivalent to CEFR level C1).


It will be advantageous if you can demonstrate:

  • experience in any or multiple of the specific research areas of the group mentioned above;
  • working experience in a supercomputing environment;
  • Python and/or git skills.
  • proficiency in German (ideally CEFR level B2).


The University of Bremen is an equal opportunity employer and aims particularly at increasing the share of female faculty members in research and teaching. Thus, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. International applications and those from candidates with a migration background are explicitly appreciated. Candidates with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Please submit your application including the reference number, a letter of motivation, CV (with copies of certificates), transcript of courses, and contact details of two referees until June 26, 2015 to:

Universität Bremen
Fachbereich8/ Sozialwissenschaften
Frau Jäger – Refrence number
Bibliothekstraße
28359 Bremen

or per E-Mail to Mrs. Jäger (Administration of the Department of Social Sciences, University of Bremen): Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist gegen Spambots geschützt! JavaScript muss aktiviert werden, damit sie angezeigt werden kann.

All applications received before June 26, 2015 will be considered, thereafter review will continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the positon should be addressed to Prof. Dr. Ben Marzeion ( Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist gegen Spambots geschützt! JavaScript muss aktiviert werden, damit sie angezeigt werden kann. )