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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. 
To complement the various research foci in the “Interface-Geochemistry” team we are looking for a:

Research Associate (PostDoc) in Environmental Mineralogy (f_m_x)

Reference Number 6101

We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic mineralogist who wants to develop her/his/their skills in a highly interdisciplinary work environment in order to obtain a holistic understanding of mineral-microbe-fluid-interactions in Earth Surface processes.

The successful candidate will contribute their specialist mineralogical skills in diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy to two main aspects related to low temperature (< 100 oC) mineral reactions:

(a) as part of the ERC Synergy grant "Deep Purple" she/he/they will evaluate the variations in mineralogical composition of dust (and their interactions with black carbon and microbes) from surface snow and ice samples and determine the contribution of mineral dust to the darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

(b) as part of the Interface Geochemistry section, she/he/they will help to elucidate nucleation, growth and transformation of amorphous and crystalline phases.

She/he/they will join an international and diverse 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:

  • Conduct original research and apply your specialized mineralogical /crystallographic knowledge/skills in diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy
  • Publish in international peer-reviewed journals; present research results at scientific meetings
  • Development of own research directions complementary to those in the Interface Geochemistry team is strongly encouraged 
  • Lead and/or considerably contribute to writing proposals for 3rd party funding
  • Help with supervision of Masters'  and PhD students 

Your qualifications:

  • MSc or equivalent and PhD degree in mineralogy, crystallography, material sciences or geosciences with specialization in solid-state mineralogical methods for phase characterization 
  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise in acquisition and complex analyses of diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopic data of amorphous and crystalline phases (i.e., XRD, PDF, FTIR, Raman, TGA/DSC etc) is the prime requirement for this post
  • Proven experience in all types of mineralogical and crystallographic data fitting and modelling  
  • Excellent publication and 3rd party funding records 
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills. 
  • Experience in supervision of students 
  • 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 October 2022 or as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)
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 15th August 2022. Applications are only accepted if submitted through the online form via the APPLY button below and if they also contain the following documents:
1. Cover letter detailing your fit to the qualifications and responsibilities of the post.
2. Detailed CV, full publication list and details of 2-3 potential referees.

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. Members of the Cryo-Microbiology group of the Aarhus University, Denmark 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 via email at benning@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge at +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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