The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.

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 3.4 "Fluid Systems Modelling" (department "Geochemistry"), we are looking for a:

PhD Student (f_m_x) Hydrogeochemical Simulations Reference Number 6313

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Your responsibilities:

  • Geochemical process simulations to assess the suitability of potential host rocks for the disposal of highly radioactive waste in Germany
  • Implementation of coupled numerical simulations to evaluate possible environmental impacts (e.g. due to radionuclides)
  • Performance and evaluation of scenario analyses
  • Further development of existing, coupled modelling approaches to quantify the prevailing hydrogeochemical processes and possible process interactions
  • Presentation and publication of own research results
  • Scientific and content-related support for ongoing research projects within the scope of the area of ​​responsibility
  • Conducting courses at the Institute of Geosciences within the framework of the PhD regulations of the University of Potsdam

Your qualifications:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) with a geoscientific focus and specialization in hydrogeology and / or hydrogeochemistry
  • Basic knowledge about numerical modelling of groundwater flow, species transport and geochemical reactions within groundwater
  • Basic programming skills (e.g. Python)
  • Distinct affinity for the use of numerical simulation programs for solving of scientific questions
  • Ability to cooperate in interdisciplinary and multicultural working groups

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus
Start date: 1st October 2022
Fixed term: 3 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 21.08.2022. Please use our online application form only.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Kühn via email at michael.kuehn@gfz-potsdam.de. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge at +49 331 288‑28787.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

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