The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association we are part of the largest German scientific organization. With around 1,300 employees we develop a sound understanding of the systems and processes of the solid Earth as well as strategies and options for action to face global change and its regional impacts, to understand natural hazards and reduce associated risks, and to assess the influence of humans on the Earth's system.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.
For section 3.3 Earth Surface Geochemistry (department "Geochemistry"), we are looking for a:
The PhD position is part of the DFG-funded project "Towards a new, experimentally-grounded model of the evolution of the boron isotope composition of seawater" (PI Dr. Michael Henehan). Boron isotopes are a vital proxy for reconstructing past CO2 levels and past periods of rapid climate change. However, beyond a few million years ago, applications of the proxy rely on estimates of the boron isotope composition of seawater, which are a considerable source of uncertainty. This PhD project will address this by revisiting (with new experiments) the grounding principles of global boron cycling – in particular the interaction between boron and secondary minerals (clays). With their new experimental data in hand, the PhD candidate will – together with their supervisory team – construct a new numerical model of how the boron isotopic composition of seawater has evolved over the past 100 million years, potentially greatly improving estimates of past pCO2. The successful applicant will work within a vibrant, international, diverse and multidisciplinary research group (Section 3.3, Earth Surface Geochemistry) at the GFZ, and will receive training in the methodology of boron and lithium isotope analysis within the Helmholtz Laboratory for the Geochemistry of the Earth Surface, a world-class facility equipped with boron-free clean laboratories and multi-collector and single-collector ICPMS instruments for analysis. Funds are also set aside for attendance at the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology in Italy.
|Starting date:||1st July 2021 (with scope for flexibility)|
|Fixed term:||3 years|
|Working hours:||part-time 75 % (currently 29.25 h/week)|
|Salary:||This position has been assessed as being salary group 13 according to "TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)". The salary group will be determined by the conditions of the collective wage agreement and the appropriate personal qualifications.|