Research fellow in LA-ICPMS analysis

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany's leading research universities. The University draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students (m/w/d) and researchers (m/w/d) to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

The newly established Tectonics and Resources Group at the Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics invites applications for a research fellow (Akademischer Rat/Akademische Rätin) with expertise in Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS), starting January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is open-ended subject to normal probation regulations. In collaboration with the Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry Group, we are currently in the process of establishing a new LA-ICPMS laboratory for the analysis of trace elements in solid and liquid materials, which will be accessible to internal and external users. The successful applicant is expected to maintain the laboratory and to carry out independent and externally-funded research in the broad fields of geodynamics and/or mineral deposits. Other work responsibilities include training of students, external and internal collaborators, and teaching at the BSc and MSc level. The load of teaching will be calculated according to §3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

Conditions of employment, § 45 Laufbahnverordnung NRW:

  1. Academic degree
  2. Qualifying PhD
  3. Main occupation for at least three years and six months after academic studies or one year after PhD.

At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, we wish to promote careers of women in areas in which they have been underrepresented, and we would therefore like to encourage female candidates to send us their applications. Applications by suitable candidates with severe disabilities and other applicants with equal legal status are likewise most welcome.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Earth Sciences and a strong background in LA-ICPMS trace element analysis. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, list of publications, degree certificates, information on external funding and a letter detailing research and teaching interests should be emailed as a single pdf file by November 18, 2019 to Annika Dziggel (, who should also be contacted with any questions regarding the position. Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded. Further information about the Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics can be found at

posted: 18 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.