PhD position (f/m)

Helmholtz-Center Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ - Helmholtz Association

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

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, 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 the section 2.7 "Near-surface Geophysics" we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 1532

DeepEarthshape - Geophysical Imaging: Imaging weathering fronts in deep regolith with seismic and electromagnetic methods (GIDES). This project is part of the interdisciplinary DeepEarthshape package. At our study sites in Chile, the weathering zone was found to be much deeper than expected such that unweathered rock was never encountered in our soil pits. With seismic methods we would like to study a) the depth of weathering; b) the biotic, geochemical and geophysical processes advancing the weathering front and c) whether this zone constitutes a habitat and interacts with the surface biosphere.

Your responsibilities:

The requested PhD student will be in charge of the seismic data acquisition, processing and final interpretation of the acquired data set. He/She will be supported and trained by section 2.7 Near-surface Geophysics. In summary, the PhD student’s tasks are:
  • conduct seismic measurements (including separate weight drop and vibroseis experiments) at different locations in Chile
  • conduct seismic processing (tomography for P-wave velocity, surface wave inversion for S-wave
    velocity, seismic reflection imaging using SH waves)
  • combine electromagnetic and seismic models by pattern recognition and classification techniques
  • integration of borehole information
  • mapping of weathering zones along geophysical transects
  • presentation of results at international conferences and workshops
  • publication of results in internationally reviewed journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Geophysics, Geosciences, or Physics
  • experience in seismic methods (e.g. tomography, reflection seismics, surface wave analysis)
  • good communication skills; willingness to interdisciplinary exchange with colleagues in the priority program
  • ability and willingness to participate in field work; preferably experience in geophysical fieldwork
  • good command in programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C/C++, scripts)
  • good command in Linux/Unix operating systems
  • very good English language skills, Spanish is of advantage

Starting date: between January and March 2019
Fixed term: 3 years
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be into pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 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 by 19th November 2018 (extended).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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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15096232