Young, modern, and research oriented ... the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself within the scientific landscape since its founding in 1991. Nationally and internationally renowned scientists teach and perform research here at Brandenburg’s largest university. The University of Potsdam is successful in acquiring third-party funds, delivers outstanding performance in technology and knowledge transfer, and has a very service-oriented administration. Around 20,000 students are enrolled at five faculties located on three campuses (Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee and Golm). The University of Potsdam has a total of about 2,750 faculty and staff members and is located in one of Germany’s most scenic areas.

Since October 2015, the DFG International Research Training Group “Surface processes, Tectonics and Georesources in the Andean Foreland Basin of Argentina” (StRATEGy) is established at the University of Potsdam and runs in cooperation with the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience and our Argentinian partner universities in Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy and Tucumán.

“StRATEGy” aims to conduct an interdisciplinary study of the source-to-sink system of the Argentinian Andes. Our study addresses the complex relationships between tectonics, climate, erosion, sediment deposition and the environmental conditions prone to the generation, migration, and accumulation of hydrocarbon resources and metallogenesis. The foreland and the transition to the Andean orogen interior is characterized by ongoing, yet highly diachronous and spatially disparate tectonism, in addition to pronounced contrasts in relief, rainfall, and erosion. These characteristics make this region an outstanding natural laboratory to study surface processes and their tectonic and climatic forcing factors that impact sediment production and mass-transfer on multiple spatiotemporal scales.

The University of Potsdam jointly offers the following positions subject to the allocation of funds by the DFG International Research Training Group “StRATEGy”:

10 PhD Positions

Requisition No.: 258/2018

The position is for 30 hours of work per week (75 %) starting from October 1st 2018. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). This is a temporary position limited to a term of 3 years in accordance with Section 2 Para 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).

For more details on the 10 open PhD projects follow the link to the webpage of the International Research Training Group „StRATEGy“:

Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33 % of their contract time for their scientific qualification. The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We expressly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.

Applications should include the following components: CV, letter of motivation, research interests (specific interests and research plan for PhD project), a record of academic degrees, including a transcript of records and two letters of recommendation. Because the members of the PhD program will spend 6 months at our partnering universities in Argentina, Spanish language skills are advantageous.

Applications should be sent in a single PDF-file to Dr. Henry Wichura ( The deadline is July 31st, 2018.

posted: 25 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.