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PhD Student (m/f/x) - Modelling of ore-forming processes
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.
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 3.1 "Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry" (department 3 "Geochemistry"), we are looking for a:

PhD Student (m/f/x) - Modelling of ore-forming processes

Reference Number 4324

on the topic “Crossing the magmatic-hydrothermal interface within ore-forming systems with numerical models”.
The project is part of the DFG Priority Program DOME (Dynamics of Ore Enrichment), which combines “empirical field-related studies that define the geological/mineralogical framework of natural ore systems with experimental work and numerical models that provide a quantitative understanding of the processes involved”. The PhD student will be part of the ore deposit group at GFZ Potsdam and will be supervised by PD Dr. Philipp Weis.

Your responsibilities:

  • conduct original research on ore formation in magmatic-hydrothermal systems
  • apply and further develop a novel coupled model for magma convection and hydrothermal fluid flow
  • collaborate with field-oriented projects of the DOME program by using the numerical simulations to understand ore-forming processes at specific deposits
  • actively participate in the agenda of the DFG Priority Program, including general assemblies, topical workshops and young scientist workshops
  • report regularly to the collaborators, publish in international peer-reviewed journals and present research results at scientific meetings
  • participate in the educational program and pursue a PhD degree at the associated university

Your qualifications:

  • M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a discipline of geosciences
  • background knowledge in aspects of geology, mineralogy, igneous petrology, hydrothermal systems and ore deposits relevant for the project
  • previous experience in either economic geology or numerical modeling in any discipline of geosciences is advantageous
  • strong interest in learning new modelling techniques and further developing cutting-edge research code
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary work and scientific exchange within the Priority Program
  • demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team
  • candidates are expected to write their PhD thesis in English

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

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 
  • good public transport connections by being in walking distance of Potsdam main station

Did we pique your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 15th August 2020. Please use our online application form only.
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. We therefore very much welcome applications from qualified women. In the case of equal aptitude, severely disabled persons are given preferential consideration in accordance with the Code of Social Law 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 Dr. Philipp Weis on +49 (0) 331 288-28967. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331 288-28787.


Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Human Resources
Building G, Room 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787

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