Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’ in Rostock announces 13 PhD positions in Biology, Ecology, Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Hydro(geo)logy, and Engineering

Official job offer in German language here.

Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’ in Rostock announces 13 PhD positions in Biology, Ecology, Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Hydro(geo)logy, and Engineering

The University of Rostock together with the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW) is seeking, subject to financial allocation:

13 highly motivated PhD candidates for the DFG Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’.

The 3rd cohort of PhD-candidates will start on January 1st, 2022. The salary ranges from 75% to 100% of a TV-L E13 position for 3 years, depending on the working group.

The Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’ is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and investigates hydrological, biogeochemical and biological processes at the interface of coastal peatlands and the Baltic Sea. Exchange processes between the land and the sea are governed by sea level changes and occur above ground and as submarine groundwater discharge. Water fluxes and solute transport across and along the coast, microbial processes, and the interaction of benthic animals and plants with their environment are the major topics of research. Two cohorts of PhD students have collected a comprehensive database and conducted a variety of analyses. Here, we announce the third cohort, which will focus on an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes operating in the transition zone between land and sea.

PhD candidates will gain profound disciplinary and inter-disciplinary knowledge and will become experts for coastal zones. A mandatory course program will be provided by Baltic TRANSCOAST and the Graduate Academy of the University of Rostock, including intensive training in soft skills, scientific writing and various scientific courses on peatland and coast related topics. The Candidates can also shape their individual curriculum with training from additional sources fitting their specific needs.

More information on each of the  individual PhD projects, training program and overarching research questions can be found on the project web page

We are seeking excellent, enthusiastic researchers who enjoy working in a diverse scientific team bridging terrestrial and marine sciences in coastal research. Candidates have to hold an internationally accepted master or diploma degree with above-average grade in one of the involved disciplines: Biology, Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, Engineering, Ecology, Hydrogeology or closely related field. Excellent skills of the English language, the working language, are desired.


You can apply for up to 3 topics. Please prioritise in your application!

Candidates are asked to send their applications in English language including: one page letter of motivation, CV and copies of relevant certificates (including minimum Master Certificate, Master Transcript, Bachelor Certificate and Bachelor Transcript) in one single pdf-file via e-mail to baltic.transcoast(at)  until 12 September 2021. Please use the subject "Jobposting P 156/2021" for your E-Mail. Applications arriving later or in other formats cannot be accepted.

Application period ends Sept 12 2021.

Job interviews (online) are planned for the first half of October. If you wish to involve the Employee Committee in the job interview, please include an informal request with your application.

The University of Rostock and the IOW are equal opportunity employers. The University of Rostock holds the certificate “Beruf und Familie” and the IOW a TEQ certificate, which ensure a family friendly environment and facilities at both working places.

Any expenses in connection with the application cannot be reimbursed.


Speaker of the research training group is:

Prof Dr. Bernd Lennartz (Phone: +49(0)381/498-3180)

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of Rostock


For more information see the  PhD topics