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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 1,500 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 the Interface Geochemistry Section 3.5 (Department 3 "Geochemistry"), we are looking for an:

Instrument Scientist (FlowCam) (f_m_x)

Reference Number 6737

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic early career scientist who wants to develop her/his/their skills in a multidisciplinary research environment.

The main focus of the research project is to assess the changes in microbial cell numbers, morphologies and biovolumes in cryophillic microbial dominated snow and ice samples collected on the Greenland Ice Sheet within the framework of the ERC Synergy grant "Deep Purple".

She/he/they will join the multidisciplinary, international and diverse Interface Geochemistry team of researchers led by Liane G. Benning, who is very committed to fostering a fully inclusive research environment. Non-discrimination and equal treatment are integral parts of our group policy.

Your responsibilities:

  • Analyses of cell numbers, sizes, morphologies and biovolumens of particles (both biological and mineral) in snow and ice samples from Greenland using FlowCam, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman microspectroscopic methods
  • Development, validation and implementation of new protocols and workflows for statistical evaluation of number distribution, sizes, and shapes of particles from FlowCam datasets
  • Statistical evaluation of sizes, shapes and chemical composition of particles from SEM and Raman analyses
  • Contribute to fieldwork activities and own sample collection may be a part of the job
  • Contribute to various sub-projects within "DeepPurple" with data and their statistical evaluation for inclusion in international peer-reviewed manuscripts

Your qualifications:

  • BSc in Earth Sciences, mineralogy or equivalent with a demonstrated strong focus on microscopy
  • Documented skills in imaging/analyses of complex materials using FlowCam, electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman microspectroscopy
  • Documented experience in sample preparation, analyses and data evaluation from FlowCam, SEM and Raman
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is 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 offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus 

Start date: 1st March 2023
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 12 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)
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 22th January 2023. Only online application will be considered.
Please submit a CV as well as a cover letter detailing how you fit the above specified qualifications that are required for the position.  

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]gfz-potsdam.de, 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]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations. The Deep Purple PIs will be involved in the selection procedure. Your personal data will, of course, be treated confidentially and will be communicated to the involved person exclusively for the purpose of evaluating your professional suitability within the framework of this selection procedure. Once the procedure has been completed, the personal data will also be deleted there in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Liane G. Benning either via email at benning@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-288-28787.

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