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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 1,500 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.
For section 3.3 "Earth Surface Geochemistry", we are offering a:

Postdoc position in weathering geochemistry (f_m_x)

Reference Number 8783

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in weathering geochemistry to help strengthen the expertise in the section. You will independently lead a project related to the long-term carbon budget of mountain catchments that will exploit time-series of samples of river waters and sediments from different catchments in the Himalaya. You will develop and apply metal isotope tools, in combination with major and trace element geochemistry, to help partition solute sources and draw conclusions about the efficiency of CO2 drawdown by silicate weathering.

In an interdisciplinary and diverse research group, we develop and apply geochemical tools to Earth surface processes. Within the Helmholtz Laboratory for the Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface (HELGES) we use novel stable, radiogenic, and cosmogenic isotope systems, to address questions related to element and material cycling at the Earth Surface across timescales ranging from modern-day to deep-time. We host a MC-ICP-MS, an in-house built fs-laser ablation system for in-situ analyses, and several auxiliary ICP instruments, as well as class-100 clean lab facilities for sample preparation. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Generate high-quality geochemical data from river water and sediment samples
  • Use, adapt and develop quantitative geochemical frameworks to explore the links between weathering, climate and geomorphology
  • Take part in fieldwork as necessary to obtain new samples
  • Develop your own interdisciplinary research questions and collaborations in and beyond the team
  • Make scientific contributions to other section projects, in particular those of students and interns
  • Contribute to the smooth running of the HELGES laboratory
  • Present results at international conferences and prepare manuscripts for publication in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • An MSc and PhD in geoscience or a related field
  • Expertise in metal isotope geochemistry principles and applications
  • Experience with preparation and analysis of samples for metal isotope analyses in clean laboratories, and measurement by multicollector-ICP-MS
  • Good knowledge in aspects of chemical weathering, long-term carbon cycling, and Earth surface processes
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to engage with new fields and interdisciplinary topics
  • A track-record, appropriate to career stage, of publishing results in peer-reviewed journals, with an emphasis on quality over quantity
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact in diverse, active communities
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; basic German is a benefit

What we offer:

  • Outstanding technical support by full time laboratory technicians, troublefree access to required analytical infrastructure
  • 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, within easy commuting distance of Berlin
  • 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: 36 months
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 10th December 2023. 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.

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. Patrick Frings via email at patrick.frings@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact our recruiting team at our phone number +49 (0) 331-6264-28787.

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