Area of research:
PHD ThesisJob description:
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 4.8 Geoenergy (department “Geosystems”), we are looking for a: Reference Number 8829
The EU-funded project CRM-geothermal investigates the combined extraction of mineral raw materials and geothermal energy. Within the project, we are developing methods for the selective extraction of elements from geothermal fluids that are considered critical raw materials and are of crucial importance for the energy transition (e.g. lithium). In this context, we offer a PhD position for a motivated graduate in the section Geoenergy 4.8 in the fields of Process and Plant Technologies and Geothermal Fluids. The focus of the work is on the development of extraction processes in the laboratory, as well as the design, testing and modification of an experimental plant for the extraction of critical raw materials from geothermal fluids.
- Realisation of laboratory experiments to develop and optimise extraction technologies
- Evaluation and adaption of experimental work to determine suitable technical conditions for extraction
- Development of a numerical model of the extraction process, including the coupling to thermal and fluid-mechanical processes in order to capture the dynamic behaviour of these extraction processes
- Design, testing and modification of a “Miniplant”, which combines the processes that have been tested in the laboratory in a single process flow.
- Publication of research results in international journals and at conferences
- Cooperation with national and international partners
- University degree (MSc or equivalent) in physics, geotechnics, engineering, chemistry or a comparable field of study
- Interest in experimental work, process engineering and process technology
- High motivation to familiarise yourself with new topics and to combine methods and insights from different disciplines
- Initial experience in laboratory work
- Basic knowledge of scripting languages (Python, Matlab) and numerical tools is an advantage, but not a prerequisite
- Ability to work in a goal-oriented and structured manner
- Strong teamwork and communication skills for working in an interdisciplinary environment
- Expandable knowledge of English (language courses are offered at the GFZ)
As soon as possibleFixed-term:
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:
Part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)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
- Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Have we piqued your interest?If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 3rd January 2024
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