Institute of Geological Sciences

Research Associate ("wissenschaftlicher Assistent")
in Isotope Geochemistry

The Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern (, invites applications for the position of a full-time Research Associate ("wissenschaftlicher Assistent") in Isotope Geochemistry. We are looking for a dynamic candidate with expertise in the use of isotopes to study important questions in geo- and/or cosmochemistry. It is expected that the candidate holds a PhD (or equivalent) and has a solid background in isotope geo-/cosmochemistry. The ideal candidate will have experience in a diversity of laboratory techniques including clean-room procedures, chemical separation of elements and state-of-the-art mass spectrometry using multicollector TIMS and/or ICP-MS. The responsibilities will include research, assisting in the maintenance of the isotope laboratory, supervision of students in the laboratory and some teaching at the BSc and MSc levels (BSc in German and MSc in English). Furthermore, the candidate is expected to develop his/her own research profile and seek independent third-part funding.

The Isotope Geology Group maintains two ThermoFisher Scientific mass spectrometers: a NeptunePlus multiple-collector plasma MS and a Triton Thermal Ionization MS. The Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern provides first-class analytical facilities and houses an electron microprobe, Raman and IR spectroscopy, and XRD instruments for sample characterization as well as a gas-IR-mass spectrometers for H-C-O-S stable isotope analyses and Laser Ablation ICP-MS.

Starting date is March 1st, 2017, or a suitable date in 2017 to be agreed upon with the candidate. The appointment will be for up to six years.

Applications consisting of a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a synopsis of past and future research interests should be sent as one file to by Jan. 31, 2017.

Klaus Mezger, Institut für Geologie, Universität Bern, Baltzerstrasse 1+3, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland.

posted: 21 December 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.