Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f_m_x) in the frame of CAWa GREEN project

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Potsdam, Germany 🇩🇪

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,400 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.

As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.

For section 4.4 Hydrology (department “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (f_m_x) in the frame of CAWa GREEN project

Reference Number 7105

We are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to work in the frame of the CAWa-Green project, which is part of the “Green Central Asia” initiative of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany to Central Asia. The postdoctoral research scientist will focus on the quantification of water resources in the Central Asian region by using globally available data (e.g. remote sensing), including MODIS snow cover, GRACE and GRACE-FO time-variable gravity data. By using globally available data, (i) the operational monitoring of available water resources, (ii) the variations of water storage in different storage compartments (snow, ice,  rain, groundwater); and (iii) application of MODIS and GRACE products for improved quantification of water resources including drought forecasting will be achieved. The expected outcomes should support the policy dialogue in Central Asia by disseminating project results to regional water organizations.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribution to the development of a drought monitoring tool for the Aral Sea Basin by developing drought indexes
  • Application of remote sensing data (e.g. Snow Cover Area) for improved water availability assessment in Central Asia
  • Evaluation and validation of MODIS snow cover and GRACE/GRACE-FO gravity products using in-situ data
  • Contribution to the development of policy briefs using the modelling results
  • Presentation of results at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Compiling operational project reports and deliverables

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and PhD in Earth, Environmental or Data Sciences, or in a related field
  • Advanced expertise in spatial data analysis [AG1] or data fusion methods of remote sensing and/or in-situ data for Earth science applications
  • Expertise in the field of hydrology and hydrological modelling
  • Demonstrated expertise in GRACE data applications is an asset
  • Practical programming skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for international teamwork, and excellent communication skills
  • Creative and critical thinking and the ability to publish, demonstrated by a record of original and innovative publications
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and knowledge of the Russian language will be an asset

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice is offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance is offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam

Start date: 1st April 2023
Fixed-term: 15 months (prolongation is subject to continued project funding)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 28th February 2023. Please use our online application form only.


Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

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In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact  Dr. Abror Gafurov either via email at or phone +49 (0)331-288-1816. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.






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