The Chair of Applied Geology at GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, is offering two positions

1) one PhD position in CO2 Dynamics on Springs

We seek a highly motivated candidate for a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to work on karstic springs and their CO2 dynamics in northern Bavaria. Studies will take place on springs, streams and in adjacent natural groundwater systems and will also compare to other karst systems worldwide, to which travels are foreseen. Parameters of investigation include dissolved and particulate carbon as well as CO2 with their stable isotopes together with major ions and trace elements and links to the aqueous oxygen cycle. Analytical results should also be evaluated with GIS methods. Experiments with carbon-water relationships and further method developments on stable isotope analyses in the field with laser-based isotope techniques are also foreseen. The work involves determination of sources and sinks of carbon budgets in the aquatic phase, as well as their links to the atmosphere.

2) one Post-Doctoral position in Stable Isotope Research on Aqueous Oxygen-Carbon Relationships

Background and working tasks of this position combine with tasks as described for the above PhD position and extend towards the oxygen cycle with its stable isotopes as ecological indicators for streams. Some stream and artificial stream data sets are already present and ready for evaluation and publishing. The post-doctoral candidate will be encouraged to apply for own funding to extend the research stay. This effort will receive full support and help by our research group. For the post-doctoral application, a one-page outline for a potential research proposal would be a convincing addition to the application. Because the first year funding of this project comes from the State of Bavaria, command of German in written and spoken form would be an asset.

We offer:

  • Participation in interdisciplinary research projects with focus on stable isotopes
  • A vibrant academic and international environment
  • Well-equipped stable isotope and geochemical laboratories for measurement of dissolved and particulate carbon phases (DIC, DOC, POC and CO2) dissolved oxygen and water isotopes accomplished by major ion and trace elements.

Candidate profile:

  • Master degree, or equivalent (for the PhD Position) and a recognized PhD degree (for the Post-Doc position)
  • Fields of expertise should be with in Natural Sciences for both positions
  • Strong interest in geochemistry, biology and chemistry or physics
  • Willingness to carry out fieldwork and interest in GIS techniques
  • Ability to independently develop and perform experimental approaches
  • Enthusiasm for scientific writing
  • Scientific results are expected to be published in international journals and the candidate should also present results on conferences
  • A valid EU driver´s licence (B) would be an advantage
  • A reasonable command of German language would be an asset (especially for the post-doctoral position).

Both positions envisage a starting date in October/November 2022. The salary for the PhD position is TVL E13 up to 65 % for 3 years with evaluation after the first year.

The salary for the post-doctoral position is TVL13 100 % for a duration of 1 year with a possibility of extension.

Both positions cover health and social security benefits.

Please address applications (cover letter, motivation statement, (research outline for the post-doctoral position), CV, academic transcripts & certificates, publication list and contact details of referees in one coherent PDF file) in English to before 11th of September 2022.

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posted: 26 July 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.