Priv. Doz. Dr. Philipp Weis

Philipp Weis
Priv. Doz. Dr. Philipp Weis
Gebäude B, Raum 228
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28967

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

  • Mineral deposits
  • Geothermal energy
  • Magmatic-hydrothermal systems
  • Fluid-rock interaction
  • Multi-phase fluid flow modeling
  • Geochemical analyses
  • Rock mechanics
  • Physical oceanography and geodesy
  • Magmatic and metamorphic petrology and isotope geochemistry
  • Numerical methods
  • Scientific writing


  • since 4/2015: Senior scientist and group leader, GFZ Potsdam; Privatdozent at University of Potsdam and ETH Zurich
  • 2015: Venia Legendi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2010 – 2015: Senior scientist, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • 2007 – 2010: Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • 2006: Doktor der Naturwissenschaften (equ. PhD), University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2003 – 2006: Doctoral student at the Institute of Oceanography, University of Hamburg (Scholar of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling)
  • 2001 – 2003: Scientific writer (freelancer and intern for Nature, Science, Die Welt,Spektrum der Wissenschaften and others)
  • 2000: Geologie-Diplom, University of Freiburg, Germany


I am currently leading the research group GRAMM, which is funded by the BMBF within the r4-programme and aims at quantifying ore-forming processes in magmatic-hydrothermal systems. A short description of the research aims can be found on the official website of the programme ( The research group uses and further develops numerical modeling tools for multi-phase saline hydrothermal fluid flow and combines them with field observations and geochemical analyses from world class Sn-W-Greisen and vein-type deposits in the Erzgebirge and Panasqueira, Portugal. We are conducting fluid inclusion analyses with infrared-microthermometry and LA-ICPMS and SIMS measurements on selected minerals. The group involves a PostDoc ( Christine Andersen) and two PhD students ( Marta Codeço and Maximilian Korges).
I am also invoved in the DFG-Priority Program DOME as a committee member and in the research projects "Crossing the magmatic-hydrothermal interface within ore-forming systems with numerical models (CROWN)" and "Melts-Fluids-Models: keys to understanding ore-forming processes at the world-class Neves Corvo massive sulphide deposit, Iberian Pyrite Belt" (list of all projects in DOME).
I further participate in the StRATEGy graduate school, where we study the role of magmas vs. hydrothermal fluids in metal transport and metallogenesis in the Cenozoic arc and back-arc magmatic province of the Central Andes, NW Argentina (PhD student at University of Potsdam: Malte Stoltnow). In cooperation with the research group of Sarah Gleeson, we also investigate the formation of sediment-hosted base metal deposits with numerical models. Within the section, I am co-leading the subtopic Magmatic-hydrothermal processes within the topic Geofluids, material transport and element cycling of section 3.1.