The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association
we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300
employees we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
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 our team in the Interface Geochemistry
section 3.5 in the Department of Geochemistry, we are looking for a:
The post holder will become part of a dynamic international team at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, Germany and at Aarhus University in Denmark, who together investigate microbial processes on the Greenland Ice Sheet in the framework of the ERC Synergy grant "Deep Purple".
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist who wants to develop her/his/their skills in a research environment, where different disciplines work closely together to obtain a holistic understanding of cryogenic algae-mineral interactions in snow and ice environments.
The project's main aim is to assess the dynamics and fate of organic carbon species in snow and ice algae dominated habitats. The work will combine method development for processing and extraction of DOC and POC from complex field and experimental laboratory samples with analyses using high-resolution mass spectrometric and synchrotron-based spectroscopic approaches. The goal is to elucidate the rates and fluxes of organic carbon deposition, surface processing during and post an algal bloom and its fate during melting and freezing.
She/he/they will join a multidisciplinary, international and diverse Interface Geochemistry 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. The appointed postdoctoral fellow will work closely together with members of the Organic Geochemistry section at GFZ and spend up to several months in the Cryo-Microbiology group at Aarhus University and in other specialized laboratories in the world. Fieldwork, including camping on the Greenland Ice Sheet under harsh conditions is an integral part of the project.
Start date: 1st March 2021
Fixed-term: 36 months (with possibility of extension)
Salary: This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
Place of work: Potsdam
Did we pique your interest?
If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by the 15th January 2021. Please use our online application form only and you must submit the following documents:
1. Cover letter stating how you fit the above described required qualifications and how you see yourself fulfill the responsibilities of the post.
2. Detailed CV and full Publication list as well as details for 3 potential referees.
Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we explicitly welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled candidates with equal qualifications will be given preference according to the SGB IX.
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 role’s responsibilities, please contact Liane G. Benning (firstname.lastname@example.org
). If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Poralla on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.