Research Associate (PostDoc) (m/f) in Geo-Bio-Interfaces : Potsdam, Germany

Potsdam, BRANDENBURG | 10 Monate | Frist: Freitag, 20. April 2018, 00:00 Uhr
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The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1280 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.

We are looking for a new colleague to complement the microbe-mineral-interface team in the "Interface-Geochemistry" group led by Liane G. Benning.

Research Associate (PostDoc) (m/f) in Geo-Bio-Interfaces

Job Vacancy No. 0622

The holder of this position will work on laboratory-based experiments addressing fungal-mineral interface processes with special focus on assessing rates and mechanisms related to biological weathering.

Your responsibilities:
• conduct plant-microbe-mineral microcosm experiments to derive biotic, mineral specific weathering rates
• quantify molecular-scale interface processes with special applications to nutrient uptake and carbon cycling
• collect, process and interpret complex high-resolution and micro-spectroscopic data from fungal-mineral surface interaction observations
• integrate experimental, theoretical and modelling results
• publish in international peer-reviewed journals; present research results at scientific meetings
• lead and/or considerably contribute to writing proposals for third party funding
• help co-supervise Master and PhD students

Your qualifications: (essential in bold, all other are desirable)
MSc and PhD with a focus on geobiological processes with specialization in laboratory experiments
• proven expertise in microcosms experiments and analyses, data processing and interpretation of complex carbon and nutrient speciation data sets
• documented, hands on knowledge of light microscopy, SEM/TEM, Raman, μ-FTIR and / or synchrotron based micro-spectroscopic
• proven expertise in working at the interface between geochemistry/mineralogy and microbiology
• documentable excellent publication and 3rd party funding records
• capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills
• proven experience in supervision of students and/or PhD candidates
proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset

Starting date: 15th May 2018

Fixed term: 3 years (with possibility for extension)

Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week). The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.

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.

Location: Potsdam

You might also be interested in our vacancy for a Research Associate (PostDoc) in Cryo-Microbiology (m/f) (see job vacancy number 0610).

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 and Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

Please submit your application (containing a maximum 2-page research
statement, a CV, your publication list and names of 3 independent referees) by 20th April 2018.


We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.

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