Call for Applications

MarDATA is currently looking for doctoral researchers in Bremerhaven/Bremen (deadline: 17 February 2021):

PhD position “Ice sheet geophysical data science“ (m/f/d)

PhD position “Palaeogenomic network analyses” (m/f/d)

PhD position “Machine-learning to define and characterize ocean provinces” (m/f/d)

PhD position “Digital Cores: Paleo-Climate field reconstruction using multi-fidelity machine learning” (m/f/d)

PhD position “Automated ocean data quality control with deep learning” (m/f/d)

PhD position “Analysis of ecological time-series using mathematical Tools” (m/f/d)

PhD position "West Antarctic Ice Sheet - Surface" (WAIS-surface Project) (m/f/d)

Application Process

Applications must be written in English language, submitted online and received by 17 February 2021 (23:59 CET).

Please see individual project descriptions for the link to submit online applications.

Please find the general application requirements on the AWI website How to apply and the specific requirements in the individual project descriptions.


We are looking for excellent graduates holding master degrees in computer science (“Informatik” in German), software architecture, data engineering, data analytics, advanced statistics, machine learning, numerical and applied mathematics, bioinformatics or electrical engineering/technical cybernetics. MSc graduates from marine sciences will only be considered if they can additionally demonstrate solid knowledge in the above-mentioned topics.

All doctoral candidates are subject to the local doctoral regulations of the corresponding university faculties of mathematics, natural sciences, engineering and informatics. Registration with the corresponding faculty is required at the beginning of the programme to ensure that each doctoral candidate is formally eligible to receive a doctoral degree.


For deadlines of submission: 17 February (23:59 CET)

Selected candidates are invited to present their research ideas and motivation during the online recruitment days, planned between 01st and 23rd April 2021.


All doctoral candidates will be remunerated through 3-year contracts of full E13 positions according to the public sector salary system (TVÖD) at German universities and research centers. According to the public system, the salary includes health insurance, pension insurance and unemployment insurance. Detailed financial numbers can be found here. International candidates may want to check visa regulations for Germany.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Achieving provision of equal opportunities and diversity at all academic levels is a strong goal of all the partner institutes, and significant advances have been made, e.g. in terms of an increase in female professors in all disciplines. Equal opportunities for women and men are an integral part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we encourage women to apply. MarDATA will use institutional measures for gender-sensitive recruitment of female researchers that are already in place. The TOTAL E-QUALITY award is presented to GEOMAR for efforts in terms of human resource management aimed at providing equal opportunity. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. In the area of work-life compatibility it has been awarded with the certificate "Career and Family". We encourage scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.