The Chair of Applied Geology at GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany is offering a

PhD position in geochemistry & stable isotope research

We seek a highly motivated candidate for an interdisciplinary project on salt deposits and their use as underground storage of gases and fluids. The project aims to investigate principles of innovative technologies to help understand cavern stability. Partners involved are experts from industry and from Helmholtz GeoForschungszentrum (GFZ Potsdam) with aspects of geophysics, gas geochemistry and hydrogeological modelling. Project objectives include identification of fluid and gas sources in salt deposits. The work will focus on stable isotope analyses of H2O and CO2, extractions from highly saline solutions and laboratory experiments.

We offer:

  • Participation in an interdisciplinary research project
  • A vibrant academic environment
  • Well-equipped stable isotope and geochemical laboratories

Candidate profile:

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences
  • Strong interest in geochemistry
  • Willingness to carry out fieldwork below ground in active salt mines
  • Ability to independently develop and perform experimental approaches
  • Enthusiasm for scientific writing and team spirit
  • Scientific results are expected to be published in international journals
  • EU valid drivers licence (B) would be an advantage

The position is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Starting date is 01.01.2019 and the salary is TVL E13 65 % together with health and social security benefits for 3 years. Please address further questions and applications (cover letter, motivation statement, CV, academic transcripts & certificates, publication list and contact details of referees in one coherent PDF file) to before 27th of November 2018.


posted: 16 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.