The Institute of Applied Geosciences at Graz University of Technology invites
applications for a 5 years full-time University Assistant position for
Mineralogy/Hydrogeochemistry to monitor and reconstruct the environmental
conditions and reaction mechanisms during precipitation of solids from aqueous
The field of research activity is focused on the precipitation of various carbonates
under low temperature conditions in natural and man-made (geotechnical)
environments. This comprises high spatial resolution investigations of terrestrial
carbonate deposits precipitated over time to reconstruct variable physicochemical
environmental conditions during formation/alteration, as well as forensic and process
oriented studies on cement-induced (e.g. tunnel drainages), geothermal (e.g. wells)
and (ancient) aqueduct scaling. Main aspects are referred to deciphering the detailed
conditions throughout mineral formation and ongoing water-mineral/rock interaction
by applying a broad set of analytical tools for mineralogical, chemical, isotopic, and
microstructural characterisation, as well as hydrogeochemical modelling approaches.
Participation in interdisciplinary research projects on sedimentary diagenesis,
geothermal applications and concrete-water reactions targeting basic and applied
knowledge is highly encouraged. Moreover, the position involves teaching and
assistance in courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in mineralogy,
hydrogeochemistry, and sedimentary petrology.
We seek a highly motivated PhD student, graduated in
geosciences/mineralogy/chemistry or related fields. It is very desirable to have
experiences in geochemical and mineralogical techniques such as ICP-OES/MS,
Raman, electron microprobe, SEM and/or Laser Ablation (MC)-ICP-MS. Knowledge
of modelling water-rock interaction, stable isotope geochemistry (e.g. oxygen,
magnesium, clumped), and/or experimental water-rock interaction are highly
appreciated. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
The position is anticipated to start from June 1st, 2017. Applications including
curriculum vitae and statement of research interests should be submitted by April
30th, 2017 to Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerald Zenz, Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering,
Rechbauerstrasse 12, 8010 Graz, Austria. Direct enquiries: Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin
Dietzel, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Ronny Boch, email@example.com.