The appointed researcher will join a team of academics, technicians and staff scientists and help run the facility for collaborative research across a broad range of Geomaterial projects.
The Potsdam Imaging and Spectral Analysis (PISA) Facility currently houses: 2 high-resolution transmission electron microscopes (TEM, FEI Tecnai and Thermo Fisher Themis Z), 1 high-resolution Zeiss Ultra Plus scanning electron microscope (SEM) and 2 Focused Ion Beam combined with SEM (FIB-SEM) instruments (FEI Helios G4 UC and FEI Quanta 3D) as well as various sample preparation and handling options including cryo-mode SEM and cryo-TEM options.
The research topics that our team tackles and for which electron beam analyses are needed are highly diverse and span across biogeochemistry, geobiology, materials science, chemical physics, mineral physics and inorganic (geo-)chemistry. Our aim is to quantitatively elucidate interfacial reactions pathways and mechanisms that drive and control processes that shape our planet's surface and (near-)subsurface environments from the nano- to the global-scale.
The selected candidate will work on various aspects related to the high-resolution characterization of inorganic and biogenic materials that the wider Interface Geochemistry team and its collaborators focus on.
She/he/they will have access to and employ a series of conventional and cryogenic micro-spectroscopic charactarization approaches to derive fundametal knowledge about molecular level interface processes that span from nucleation, growth and transformation of phases synthesized in laboratory experiments and all the way to complex natural terrestrial or space materials.
She/he/they will be integrated in all the instrumental microscopy work but will primarily be responsible for the SEM aspects of the facility. This will include cryo-imaging and analyses as well as serial sectioning and as needed focussed ion beam lift-out and analysis. She/he/they will also assist in the maintenance of the electron beam instruments in the facility and in training new users.
The work will allow them to develop own research directions depending on her/his/their interests and lead and contribute to publications in academic journals, to co-supervise postgraduate student projects and to collaborate with various scientists within and outside of the GFZ.
The candidate will also contribute to and be part of the EXCITE 'starting community' project funded by Horizon 2020. This project brings together 15 leading institutions across Europe who develop and utilize electron and X-ray imaging capabilities for Earth Science applications. She/he/they will be embedded within this network and gain extensive opportunities for external collaboration, including playing a leading role in the transnational instrument access program.
Für Fragen zur Gleichstellung steht Ihnen die Gleichstellungsbeauftragte des GFZ, Frau Dr. Weckmann unter Tel. +49 331 288-2824 bzw. per E-Mail zur Verfügung.
Fragen zur Mitarbeit schwerhinderter Personen beantwortet gerne die Schwerbindertenvertreterin des GFZ, Frau Thiel unter Tel. +49 331 288-1648 bzw. per E-Mail.