The Institute of Mineralogy and Petrography at the University of Innsbruck is searching for a

PhD-student in Experimental Mineralogy

Employment for the period of 36 months in the framework of the FWF-funded project P31787-N37 "The effect of volatiles on reaction rim growth dynamics".

Starting Date: October 2019 or when position is filled
Fixed Term: 3 years
Salary: The gross salary for this position (75%) amounts to € 2162,40 per month (14 times)
Location: Innsbruck (AT); further details about the Institute of Mineralogy and the University of Innsbruck may be obtained at

Short project description:

Growth of natural metamorphic reaction rims and corona structures is affected by parameters such as pressure, temperature or the chemical composition of a system. This implies that the overall thickness and the internal microstructure of natural reaction rims may provide insights into the conditions and dynamics of a geological system.

In this project we aim introduce small, defined amounts of water on the ppm-level to rim growth experiments. This will allow us to investigate and quantify the effect of defined, small amounts of water on rim growth dynamics. Consequently, based on the results of this project, we will investigate, if reaction rims and metamorphic coronas can be used as geohygrometer. However, fluids in natural systems contain not only H2O but several other volatile elements. This project aims to investigate the effect of fluorine as additional volatile component on growth dynamics, which will represent a first step toward bridging the gap between simplified laboratory and complex natural systems.

You will have access to state of the art experimental (Piston Cylinder, IHPV) and analytical (FEG-EMP, FTIR equipped with a FPA detector, NanoSIMS) facilities. The project will be based in Innsbruck and involves short-term research stays at the Universities of Graz, Göttingen and the TU Munich.

Required qualifications:

  • MSc in Earth Sciences or in a related field
  • Strong background in mineralogy and petrology
  • Experience in high-pressure-temperature experiments (Piston cylinder and/or IHPV) is an advantage
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English
  • Team player and good communication skills


Please send your documents (letter of motivation, CV, copy of Master or diploma certificate, list of two referees) to

Applications will be considered until 15.08.2019 or until the position is filled.

posted: 16 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.