The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1,260 employees (including visiting scientists), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany's largest science organization.
For Section 3.1 "Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry" we invite applications for a
Laboratory Manager (m/f/x) in field of Geoscience
Job Vacancy No. 2470
Section 3.1 runs a suite of geochemistry labs for the analyses of major, minor and trace elements in rock and water samples. The equipment includes ICP-Optical Emission Spectrometer; ICP-Mass Spectrometer; Ion chromatograph; Pyrohydrolysis instrument and an LECO Element analyzer. We seek an excellent analyst to manage this facility and contribute high quality analytical expertise and data to GFZ and external users.
development of new analytical techniques for analyzing rock, soils and water samples, including highly saline fluids, and rock and ore samples with high metal contents
quality control and quality assurance on all data generated in the labs
supervision and management of up to 4 technicians
publishing and contributing to high quality papers and data sets
developing streamlined workflows for logging samples into the labs, scheduling, tracking of analyses and lab users and improving efficiencies
coordinating the workflow and data archive with other analytical labs e.g. XRD lab
project generation and fostering new collaborations
developing strategies for archiving data, publishing data sets and exploring contributions to Big Data projects
managing cost recovery strategies and developing and implementing fee schedules for the labs if appropriate
contributing to training of students, interns and apprentices
assisting the Section Leader with applications for equipment and strategic planning for the long term direction of the facility
Master's degree (or equivalent) in chemistry and PhD in analytical chemistry, or analytical geochemistry
demonstrated experience in whole rock multi-element analyses and technique development and the application of inorganic geochemical techniques to fundamental research questions
demonstrated managerial experience
excellent organizational skills
excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
experience in training students, interns and apprentices in geochemical techniques
fluency in German and a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English
as soon as possible
2 years (with possibility of extension)
The salary grouping will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)” and the appropriate personal qualifications.
full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.