The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association
we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees (including our guests) we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
The research will focus on the nucleation and growth of amorphous and crystalline iron- and magnesium-phosphate phases. The main work will be based on laboratory experiments through which the kinetics, mechanisms and pathways that control the formation and transformations of phases in the Fe-Mg-P system in the absence and presence of other elements are investigated. This knowledge will help better understand modern and ancient settings where element speciation and mineral inter-transformations affect global biogeochemical cycles and/or are linked to crucial resource recovery.
You will be trained in the use of both conventional and synchrotron-based in situ and time-resolved mineral synthesis and characterization methods and techniques. You will learn how to follow and quantify the formation and transformation of mineral phases and analyse any associated changes in solution/solid chemistry. This will include mass spectrometry and UV-VIS analyses of solutions and solid phase structure and crystallinity characterization through advanced state-of-the-art scattering, diffraction and spectroscopic means using both electron and X-ray methods available in the group (e.g., PISA
) or at synchrotron-facilities around the world.
The successful candidates (m/f/x) will become an integral part of the Interface Geochemistry
section, work closely with other students and postdocs in the group and be registered in the PhD programme of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Start date: 1st October 2020
Fixed-term: 3 years
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam
Did we pique your interest?
If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 22nd June 2020. Please use our online application form only.
For an evaluation of your application the following information is strictly required:
(a) a full CV, (b) a Cover letter stating which project you apply for and detailing point by point how you fit the above described qualifications, (c) your University certificates (BSc and if already available your MSc) and (d) the names, emails and full addresses of two referees.
Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we explicitly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference according to the SGB IX.
Your personal data will be treated in line with Art. 6 (1b) and Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 BbgDSG during the selection process. After the selection process has been concluded, your application documents will be deleted, in line with data protection regulation.
In case of any further queries relating to the role’s responsibilities, please contact Prof. Liane G. Benning on +49 (0) 331 288-28970. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331 288-28787.