PhD position in the Helmholtz Young Investigators Group "CLEAR"

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 (including visiting scientist), 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. Within the new research group CLEAR (, located in Section 3.6 "Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials", we endeavor to understand large scale geological processes that operate deep inside planets. Our approach is to recreate high pressure-temperature conditions in the laboratory and examine various physical properties of minerals and rocks in situ using state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques.We are looking for a highly motivated individual who wants to earn a PhD in geosciences and we are inviting applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 2034

This PhD student (m/f) will develop an expertise in spectroscopic measurements in diamond anvil cells. The primary research focus will be on the pressure- and temperature-dependence of near-IR and visible absorption spectra of minerals that constitute (or are related to) the Earth’s mantle. Such characterization allows extracting information on the electronic structure and transport properties of minerals in the deep Earth.The dissertation will be submitted to the University of Potsdam.

Your responsibilities:

  • spectroscopic characterization of minerals (and other solids) at high-pressure/temperature conditions
  • construct models of depth-dependent physical properties of Earth materials
  • proactive scientific interaction with an interdisciplinary research group
  • report progress regularly at group meetings, domestic, and international conferences
  • publication of the results in peer-reviewed journals
  • develop competencies in teaching and supervision (as an assistant) of undergraduate students

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Geosciences, Physics, Chemistry, or a related discipline
  • strong interest in geophysics and challenging experimental work
  • basic knowledge of optical, infrared, and Raman spectroscopies
  • proficiency in written and spoken English
  • experience in diamond anvil cell or a related high-pressure technique (desired)
  • basic programming skills (beneficial)

Starting date: 1st July 2019
Fixed term: 3 years
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be according to 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)
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 in pdf format which should include a letter of motivation, CV, copies of appropriate certificates, and the names of two references (with contact information). Only complete applications will be considered.Please submit your application online by 15th March 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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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15106113