PhD Research Fellow (f/m/d)

Vacancy No. 1049 - (75%)

Job description

You will have the responsibility to conduct internationally visible research in the project "Analysis of potential lithium production from geothermal water in Germany: lithium extraction through sorption (UNLIMITED)", which is part of a larger project with industry and university partners. Your responsibility will be literature research, experimental work in the laboratory and the field, (geo)chemical analysis, data interpretation and publishing of research results in internationally recognized journals. The aim is to develop a method of selectively separating lithium from brines in the framework of geothermal power plants. We expect you to prepare a PhD thesis.

We have a strong team in hydrothermal processes, geochemistry and environmental mineralogy ( and a partnership with researchers of the Helmholtz topic geothermal energy systems ( This project will be run in close collaboration with colleagues from other institutions and industry. This will give you an interesting and challenging environment, in which you have the chance to play a significant role.

Personal qualification

You have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in geosciences or chemistry with research interest in fluid and mineral surface interaction and a strong background in sorptiondesorption, mineralogy and crystallography. You have some experience with clay minerals, zeolite and strong interest in analytical and experimental geochemistry (ICPMS, ICP-OES, IC). You are motivated, open for new research fields and able to communicate with technicians, other researchers and industry.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb, email:, Tel.: +49 (0)721 608 47356.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1049.

Personnel Support is provided by

Ms Brückner
phone: +49 721 608-42016,
Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

posted: 07 December 2020    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.