Two Student Assistants

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

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

Student assistants

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 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 3.3 Geochemie der Erdoberfläche we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 2591

In section 3.3: Earth Surface Geochemistry at GFZ-Potsdam, we are hiring two student assistants to help with the processing and analysis of cosmogenic nuclide samples from the European Alps. The jobs are embedded in the COLD-project (“Climate sensitivity of glacial landscape dynamics”) funded by the European Research Council and headed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Dirk Scherler.The COLD project group is composed of a dynamic team of five researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds, who investigate the interaction between climate change, landscape evolution, and glacial dynamics. The student assistants will be active contributors to the project, and therefore we solicit applications from excellent students with geoscience, chemistry, physics, or related backgrounds. Though not required, it is strongly desired that the students combine the position with a bachelor’s or master’s thesis at a later stage.

Your responsibilities:

  • Mineral separation: rock crushing, sieving, magnetic separation, and acid-based rock dissolution

In addition to lab work, the students may have the opportunity to:

  • participate in alpine fieldwork (participation dependent on qualifications)
  • Beginner-level data analysis (using Excel or other preferred analysis software)
  • incorporate data generated within a bachelor’s or master’s thesis (optional, but strongly desired)
  • interact with German and international researchers/collaborators at the GFZ

Your qualifications:

  • interest in geochemical and geomorphological analytical techniques
  • independent and organized working habits
  • ability to work precisely in a laboratory setting
  • comfortable with potentially hazardous materials and methods (e.g. hydrofluoric acid, rock crushing)
  • fluency in either English or German, and with at least basic English language skills
  • good physical condition

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 24 month
Salary: We are offering a salary according to TDL guidelines (Area East). Currently 9.87 €/hrs (without degree); 11.49 €/hrs (B.Sc.).
Working hours: 10h/week
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 via email to Dennis Donovan ( and Katharina Wetterauer ( 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.

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Quote Reference: 15113977