For Section 3.3 "Earth Surface Geochemistry" we invite applications for a

PhD position (m/f)

Job Vacancy 1585

The PhD position is part of the second phase of the DFG-funded priority program 1803 "EarthShape - Earth Surface Shaping by Biota" (, which seeks to explore how microorganisms, animals, and plants influence the shape and development of the Earth's surface. The advertised project, led by Jun. Prof. Dirk Scherler (PI) and Prof. Jean Braun (Co-PI), will investigate how interactions between biota, rock fractures, and chemical weathering influence landscape evolution. The research focus is on processes that control sediment grain size and how these affect river incision.

Your responsibilities:

Your qualifications:

Starting date: between January and March 2019
Fixed term: 3 years
Salary:The pay scale grouping will be into pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)

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 and 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: 02 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.