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

Doctoral student in Earth surface Geochemistry (m/f)

Job Vacancy 1506

Research takes place within the DFG priority project "Earthshape - Earth surface shaping by biota" ( in which the interaction between biological, geochemical, and geomorphological processes in landscape evolution is explored along a climate gradient in Central Chile. Within this framework, six projects, called "Deep Earthshape", will be investigating the "Critical Zone", the zone where rock meets life, by drilling up to 100m depth. This doctoral project, led by Prof. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, explores how the deep biosphere weathers rock.The student will be based in section 3.3, in which we apply geochemical methods in innovative ways to geological questions.

Your responsibilities:

Your qualifications:

Starting date: between January and March 2019
Fixed term: 3 years
Working hours:part-time 75 % (currently 29.25h/week)
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.

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.