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Postdoc Position in Tephrochronology (f/m/x)
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 4.3 “Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution” (department “Geosystems”), we invite applications for a:

Postdoc Position in Tephrochronology (f/m/x)

Reference Number 5166

Tephrochronological Synchronisation of the Dead Sea and Lake Van ICDP sediment records in the eastern Mediterranean for the last 130 kyrs (TephroMed)

The TephroMed project is funded by the DFG priority programme 1006 ICDP (International Continental Drilling Program) and has a focus on a robust tephrochronological synchronisation of the two ICDP lake sediment records from Lake Van and the Dead Sea.

Your responsibilities:

  • Sample visible tephra layers in the Lake Van sediment record for microscopic identification and geochemical (micro-probe) analyses
  • Prepare and analyse samples from the Dead Sea sediment record for microscopic identification and geochemical (micro-probe) analyses
  • Interpret geochemical data from volcanic glass shards and establish correlations with published data
  • Synchronize and refine presently available age-depth models for the Dead Sea and Lake Van sediment records
  • Publish in international journals and present results at scientific meetings

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in geosciences, natural or environmental sciences
  • PhD in the field of tephrochronology, volcanology or sedimentology
  • Experience with cryptotephra analyses and volcanic glass shard microscopy
  • Interest in chronology, lake records, and volcanic hazards
  • Good interpersonal and intercultural skills

Start date: 1st October 2021
Fixed-term: 2 years
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

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
  • In walking distance of Potsdam main station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we are looking forward to receiving your application by 12th June 2021. 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@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@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 role’s responsibilities, please contact Prof. Achim Brauer via e-mail achim.brauer@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge on +49 (0) 331-288-28787.


Franca Buge
Franca Buge
Abteilung Personal
Gebäude G, Raum 429
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28787
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