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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 1,300 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 section Section 3.6 Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials (department “Geochemistry”), we are looking for a:

PostDoc (f/m/x) in the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "CLEAR"

Reference Number 5825

Helmholtz Young Investigators Group CLEAR "The Color of the Earth's Mantle"

Within the research group CLEAR we endeavor to understand large scale geological processes that operate deep inside planets. Our approach is to recreate high pressure-temperature conditions in the laboratory and examine various physical properties of minerals and rocks in situ using state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques. Newly constrained physical properties are then used in modelling important geodynamic process operating in the Earth’s mantle and core.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with research interests in linking high-pressure laboratory experiments to geodynamic modelling. This person will perform diamond anvil cell experiments to better constrain the thermal conductivity of the Earth’s mantle. Concurrently, this person will collaborate with GFZ’s Section 2.5 "Geodynamic Modeling" on implementing the new data on thermal conductivity in various geodynamic models of the Earth’s interior.

Your responsibilities:

  • Perform spectroscopic experiments in diamond anvil cells to measure thermal conductivity of mantle minerals
  • Create a depth-dependent model of thermal conductivity of the Earth’s mantle
  • Use the depth-dependent model of thermal conductivity in geodynamic modelling of the Earth’s interior
  • Proactive scientific interaction within the research group and with other groups at the GFZ
  • Report progress regularly at group meetings, domestic, and international conferences
  • Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree or equivalent and PhD degree in Geosciences, Physics, Chemistry, or related disciplines
  • Experience in thermal conductivity measurements in diamond anvil cells
  • Expertise in geodynamic modelling of the Earth’s mantle
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Basic programming skills would be beneficial

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: As soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 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); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 25th January 2022. Please use our online application form only.

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@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@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.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Dr. Sergey Lobanov either via email at sergey.lobanov@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-28607. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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