The Department of Isotope Geology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen is currently inviting applications for a

Doctoral (PhD) position in Isotope Geochemistry (f/m/d)

This is a fixed-term position (3 years) with a starting date as soon as possible. Salary level will be in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag der Länder (TV-L), grade E13 (66%). The project aims at unlocking and using the potential of Mo stable isotopes as a tracer of crustal recycling. The PhD student will fill knowledge gaps on the high temperature behaviour of Mo stable isotopes and will use the new constraints to track and characterize crustal components in the mantle.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, the successful candidate will be a member of the Georg-August University School of Science (GAUSS). Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome.

The Department of Isotope Geology houses state-of-the-art analytical facilities that are relevant to this project including MC-ICPMS (Neptune Plus), SF-ICPMS (Element2), Q-ICPMS (iCAP-Q), laser ablation (Resonetics Resolution), TIMS (Triton), XRF (Panalytical Axios Advanced), a new clean-room suite as well as laboratories for mechanical rock preparation (crushing, milling and mineral separation).

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences or related fields
  • Background in isotope geochemistry
  • Scientific creativity, problem-solving capabilities and the ability to work independently
  • Literacy in scientific writing
  • Very good English skills (written and spoken)

Experience in using state-of-the-art mass spectrometric techniques (in particular MC-ICPMS, SF-ICPMS) and in working in a clean room laboratory environment is desirable.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields, in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a larger number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Only applications submitted via the application platform will be considered in the selection process: Closing date for applications: 06 December, 2020.

Please submit all relevant documents (motivation letter, CV, copies of transcripts of records, copies of academic degree diplomas, abstract of master thesis, contact details of two professional referees) as one single PDF file. For further information or enquiries please contact Dr. Rachel Bezard (

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posted: 16 November 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.