For the section 2.7 "Near-surface Geophysics" we invite applications for a

Phd position (m/f)

Job Vacancy No. 1532

DeepEarthshape - Geophysical Imaging: Imaging weathering fronts in deep regolith with seismic and electromagnetic methods (GIDES). This project is part of the interdisciplinary DeepEarthshape package.

At our study sites in Chile, the weathering zone was found to be much deeper than expected such that unweathered rock was never encountered in our soil pits. With seismic methods we would like to study a) the depth of weathering; b) the biotic, geochemical and geophysical processes advancing the weathering front and c) whether this zone constitutes a habitat and interacts with the surface biosphere.

Your responsibilities:

The requested PhD student will be in charge of the seismic data acquisition, processing and final interpretation of the acquired data set. He/She will be supported and trained by section 2.7 Near-surface Geophysics. In summary, the PhD student’s tasks are:

Your qualifications:

Starting date: between January and March 2019
Fixed term: 3 years
Working hours:part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
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 questions regarding this job offer,
please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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posted: 19 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.