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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 3.1 Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry (Department Geochemistry), we are looking for a:

Scientist (f_m_x) – Laser-Ablation ICP-MS trace element analyses and mapping of minerals

Reference Number 6428

This position will be part of a research group on “Ore Genesis” led by Prof. Sarah Gleeson in Section 3.1, “Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry”. This group will focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the processes that form mineral deposits in crustal and surficial environments.  It will contribute to the Helmholtz Association’s program oriented funding scheme under Topic 8 “Georesources for the Energy Transition and a High-Tech Society”.

Your responsibilities:

  • Build an internationally recognized facility for the analyses and mapping of trace elements in sulphide and silicate minerals by LA-ICP-MS
  • Produce the highest quality data and carry out QA/QC on all data from the lab
  • Carry out routine maintenance on quadrupole mass spectrometers
  • Carry out technique and standard development including split stream analytical applications
  • Train students and other visitors to the lab in analytical protocols, data processing and interpretation
  • Publish in international peer-reviewed journals and present research results at scientific meetings
  • Develop collaborations at the GFZ, and externally
  • Lead and/or contribute to writing proposals for third party funding opportunities

Your qualifications:

  • MSc and PhD degree in analytical chemistry or geochemistry with experience in applying LA-ICP-MS techniques to geoscience questions
  • Experience in trace element analyses and mineral mapping by LA-ICP-MS
  • Demonstrated experience in technique development
  • Demonstrated experience in training lab users
  • Demonstrated experience in running and maintaining quadrupole mass spectrometers
  • Keen interest in developing LA-ICP-MS technologies for a range of applications in the Earth Sciences
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, spoken German is an advantage

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-Centr
  • 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 November 2022
Fixed-term: 3 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  30th September 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[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.

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In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact either Dr. Jessica Stammeier via email at jessica.stammeier@gfz-potsdam.de or Dr. Joseph Magnall at joseph.michael.magnall@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Büsser under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

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