The Division of Economic Geology and Petrology, Institute of Mineralogy, Faculty of Geoscience, Geoengineering and Mining, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, offers

Four PhD Positions in Economic Geology
starting on August 1st, 2018

The Division of Economic Geology and Petrology is currently seeking four highly motivated PhD candidates. The Federal State of Saxony and the European Social Fund ESF (starting on August 1st, 2018) will fund the positions for 3 years contingent on final approval. The salary and social benefits are according to 75% TV-L 13.

Project Description
The goal of this project is to gain novel insights into the genesis of hydrothermal ore deposits of the Erzgebirge metallogenetic province. Based on these findings, we plan to develop innovative exploration vectors that can be applied in exploration and evaluation of ore deposits in Saxony. The four candidates will collaborate closely, but focus on different deposit-types to obtain a comprehensive understanding of all relevant ore-forming processes. Joint goal is a comprehensive mineral systems analysis of the Erzgebirge. The four sub-projects are: A) skarn mineralization, B) polymetallic veins, C) Ag-Bi-Co-As veins, and D) fluorite-barite-Pb-Zn veins. All sub-projects centre on fluid inclusion analysis (microthermometry, LA-ICP-MS, Raman, CL) complemented by petrography, mineral chemistry and isotope geochemistry. Publications of results in leading peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international and national conferences are essential tasks in all sub-projects. Attendance of additional courses and involvement in teaching is compulsory.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Mathias Burisch, e-mail:, tel.: 0049-3731-39-2657 or visit our website:

We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated and team-minded candidates with a recent master’s degree in Geoscience. Experience with fluid inclusion analysis and/or ore deposit research is beneficial. Applicants need to be able to carry out field work and to conduct underground mapping; the ability to work independently and the willingness to become acquainted with new and complex topics is mandatory. Very good English skills are essential. The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is seeking to increase the amount of female employees in research and teaching. Therefore, applications of female candidates who are equally qualified will be regarded favourably.

Please send your application (CV, motivation letter, diploma, abstract of MSc thesis, support letters) in English language indicating the reference number 54/E/2018 to:

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Dezernat für Personalangelegenheiten
09596 Freiberg, Germany

Applications received by April 15th, 2018 will be certainly considered. After this date, the applications will be considered depending on availability. Please submit only copies of your documents, since the applications will not be resubmitted to the applicants.

posted: 19 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.