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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for research into the geosphere. With around 1,650 employees, we develop a sound understanding of systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to counter global change, understand natural hazards and sustainably secure energy and raw material requirements.

For the ERC funded project RockDeath (Role of Fluids in rock deformation and the earthquake cycle) in section 4.2 “Geomechanics and Scientific Drilling” (Department 4 “Geosystems”), we are looking for a:

Postdoctoral researcher – Experimental rock deformation (f_m_x)

Reference Number 9263

The aim of the project “RockDeath“ is to identify and quantify the coupled mechanical, hydraulic and chemical processes occurring across the lithosphere, from slow creep to rapid earthquake slip, and determine the role played by fluids on deep and shallow seismicity, slow slip, and long-term evolution of plate boundaries. 

The postholder will advance part of this research programme by conducting rock deformation experiments aimed to constrain hydro-mechanical properties of rocks and fault zone materials under upper crustal conditions. The experimental plan includes the use and further development of innovative laboratory and data analysis techniques to determine the coupling between fluid pressure and rock deformation.

Your responsibilities:

  • Design and conduct laboratory rock deformation experiments
  • Use existing and if necessary develop new tools to analyse the data
  • Maintain and if necessary develop laboratory equipment as needed
  • Prepare and present findings of research activities to colleagues
  • Publish results in peer reviewed journals
  • Present scientific and technical results and products at international conferences

Your qualifications:

  • PhD (or thesis submitted subject to examination) and Master's degree in Earth Sciences with focus on rock deformation, rock physics or fault mechanics
  • Breadth of knowledge in rock physics (e.g., friction laws, fluid flow, fracture mechanics)
  • Experience in experimental rock physics or rock deformation techniques
  • A track record of publication(s) in the peer-reviewed literature in a relevant branch of the physical sciences
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis techniques (e.g., inverse methods) - preferred, but not essential

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 (before end of 2024)
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 30th June 2024. 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 Nicolas Brantut via email at nicolas.brantut@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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