Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften - Geochemistry

Doctoral student position (Geochemistry)75% TV-L E13 for 26 months

We are looking for a motivated candidate to work on a subproject in collaborative research funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany. The successful candidate will perform chemical and isotopic studies of rocks from the Earth’s upper mantle exposed on the southwest Indian Ridge in the area of the Marion Rise. She/he will be interacting with an international group of researchers who will test hypotheses regarding the origin of the Marion Rise and the geodynamic history of the mantle underneath the Indian ocean.

The tasks in the subproject will include assisting in preparation and participating in the SO 273 expedition with the German research vessel R/V Sonne (Southwest Indian ocean, March/April 2020) and characterization, selection and preparation of rock samples. Further tasks include sample digestion and element separation in clean room environments, mass spectrometric analyses with focus on platinum group elements and Re-Os isotope systematics, data reduction and interpretation and publication of results. Technical support in clean lab procedures and supervision of research assistants in the lab are also part of the job description.

A M.Sc. degree in geology or a closely related subject is required. Practical experience in isotope geochemistry and petrology and very good English skills will be beneficial. Freie Universität Berlin is encouraging applications from women and disabled persons. The position is initially funded for 26 months and can be extended pending the availability of additional funding.

Please send application documents electronically and combined into a single pdf file by email to Dr. Harry Becker (, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Malteserstr. 74 – 100, 12249 Berlin, Germany. The project has been recommended for funding, but final approval is pending and the position may be available as early as November 1st 2019. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2019, but the search remains open until the position has been filled.

posted: 24 September 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.