Mission Coordinator Protection and Sustainable Use of Marine Spaces

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

Geesthacht, Germany 🇩🇪

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for a changing world: Around 1,100 employees contribute to the tackling of climate change, the sustainable use of the world’s coastal systems and the resource-compatible enhancement of the quality of life. From fundamental research to practical applications, the interdisciplinary research spectrum covers a unique range.

Institute of Coastal Systems Analysis and Modeling

The Institute for Coastal Systems Analysis and Modeling studies the dynamics of coastal systems as part of the Earth system and develops prediction methods and future scenarios for coastal systems. One focus of our research is the study of coastal ecosystems, which are subject to increasing pressure to change due to climate change, use of coastal environments, and other human drivers.

Mission Coordinator Protection and Sustainable Use of Marine Spaces

Reference code: 50070086_4 – 2021/KS 12
Commencement date: as soon as possible
Work location: Geesthacht
Application deadline: November 2nd, 2021

The research mission “Schutz und nachhaltige Nutzung mariner Räume” (Protection and Sustainable Use of Marine Spaces) of the German Alliance for Marine Research DAM investigates the potential ecological, economic and social impacts of the use and pressures on marine spaces and the legal framework to provide society and decision-makers in politics, industry and authorities with scientifically sound advice and socially reflected options for the design of use- and protection-concepts. Furthermore, it will also inform the public about impacts of human uses and pressures on ecosystems and potential future developments and management options. The DAM MISSION includes three thematic areas: (I) concepts to reduce the impacts of anthropogenic pressures and uses on marine ecosystems and biodiversity, (II) concepts to prevent marine pollution, and (III) model-based investigation of future use scenarios and analysis of possible management options. For the technical-scientific management of the mission, which consists of seven large collaborative projects with probably more than 200 scientists, we are looking for a competent experienced person with special technical qualifications and proven experience in the management of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects. The position is initially limited to 3 years.

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

  • preparing for and following up on mission meetings and regular management board meetings
  • coordination, synchronization and networking, as well as promotion of cooperation between the mission projects
  • planning and organizing cross-project and cross-mission scientific workshops and facilitating technical working groups
  • management of communication and archiving of transfer and mission documents as well as metadata information using the Confluence system
  • communication with external stakeholders (experts/stakeholders/expert groups) in an inter- and transdisciplinary environment
  • conception and maintenance of the mission’s web presence and public relations (e.g. press releases, web articles, transfers) in close cooperation with the DAM office and the press departments of the participating institutes

Your profile

  • university degree in a natural science or social science field of study
  • PhD in a field of marine sciences and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • management skills and relevant experience in applying for and coordinating large cross-institutional research projects
  • in-depth knowledge of coastal and marine research stakeholders, research programs, and agenda processes nationally and internationally
  • experience in establishing networks of excellence in an inter- and transdisciplinary environment
  • ability to collaborate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders (experts/stakeholders/expert groups) in a complex organizational environment
  • willingness to travel on business in Germany and abroad
  • excellent communication and presentation skills, strong conceptual and strategic thinking and high flexibility
  • very good spoken and written language skills in English and German (business fluent)
  • experience in designing project web presences and presentation skills
  • conception and maintenance of the mission’s web presence and public relations (e.g. press releases, web articles, transfers) in close cooperation with the DAM office and the press departments of the participating institutes

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
  • remuneration according to the standards of the collective wage agreement TV-AVH including further social benefits
  • free employee advice – Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • childcare offers
  • Welcome Office, guest accommodation
  • canteen at the Geesthacht location


Then we are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application documents (cover letter, CV, transcripts, certificates etc.) indicating the reference number 2021/KS 12.

Apply now

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Dr. Corinna Schrum ([email protected])

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.

Max-Planck-Straße 1
21502 Geesthacht