For Section 4.2 / Department 4 "Geomechanics and Rheology" we invite applications for a

PhD position

Job Vacancy 1310

Within the framework of a collaborative project, funded by BMBF and the Helmholtz Association, research and development competences of five Helmholtz institutes are going to be consolidated for an interdisciplinary and cross-scale characterization and monitoring of repository sites. One possible host rock is mudstone. In this context, petrophysical and rheological experiments on Opalinus Clay will be carried out to determine the spatio-temporal changes of the local stress field within the excavation damage zone in nuclear waste disposal sites as well as the permeability of associated faults.

Your responsibilities:

Your qualifications:

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 3 years
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Salary:The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Location: Potsdam

You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.

The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.

If you have any administrative questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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posted: 04 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.