Research Associate (m/f/x), Petrophysics/ Reservoir Characterization

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ)

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approximately 1.280 employees (including visiting scientists), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization. For Section 4.8 "Geoenergy" we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 3648

Project title: Geophysical Interpretation with Target-Oriented Joint Inversion Modules (Gitaro.JIM) Gitaro.JIM is a joint research project within the ERA-Net Cofund MarTERA program. The project aims to integrate multi-disciplinary geophysical data sets in a modular joint inversion approach. The GFZ contributes to the project with laboratory investigations on electrical and seismic sediment properties and their dependence on methane hydrate content. The results will be used by the project partners for the joint inversion of CSEM and seismic field data from the paleo-Danube delta in the Black Sea.Contact: Dr. Erik Spangenberg (

Your responsibilities:

  • characterization of drill core samples from the Black Sea
  • preparation of artificial samples based on the composition of natural material from drill core samples
  • measurements of sonic wave velocity and electrical resistivity on ice- and hydrate-bearing sediment samples
  • experiments with the gas hydrate resonant column apparatus
  • enhancement of exciting methodologies for the preparation of hydrate-bearing samples
  • interpretation of the resulting data
  • derivation of correlation functions between measured properties and hydrate content
  • preparation of data reports and delivery to project partners
  • timely preparation of deliverables and progress reports

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and PhD in Geophysics or in a related field
  • expertise in petrophysics and/or reservoir characterization
  • experiences in laboratory methodologies for the determination of elastic/inelastic and electric rock properties
  • experiences in the setup and use of measurement instrumentation
  • expertise in sedimentology and mineralogy
  • ability to work within a team
  • attention to detail and organizational skills
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Starting date: 1st January 2020
Fixed term: 18 month
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.
Location: Potsdam You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.Please submit your application online by 15th December 2019 using the "Apply" button.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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