The Department of Applied Geology, Geoscientific Centre, at the Georg-August-Universität Goettingen has an opening for a

Research Associate / Ph.D. candidate
(Hydrogeology, Hydrology)

to be filled from 1.11.2018 in pay group 13 TV-L with 75% of the regular weekly working time (currently 29.85 hours/week) for a limited period of 3 years. The position is intended to qualify young scientists and offers the opportunity for a Ph.D.

The position is part of the DFG project "Preferential flow dynamics in unsaturated fractured porous media: Relationship between fracture network topology and dual-domain model parameterization" in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey. The aim of the project is to study the onset and dynamics of preferential flow paths in unsaturated fracture networks under both laboratory and field conditions.

The following tasks are to be carried out in the project:

  • Set up laboratory experiments to study infiltration dynamics through fractured porous media
  • Carry out field experiments to study percolation dynamics in a fractured limestone aquifer
  • Identify and measure geometrical and topological parameters of the networks
  • Establish relationships between topological/geometrical parameters and the parameterization of upscaled dual-domain models
  • Identify thresholds for the onset of preferential flow based on results from analogue laboratory experiments and field experiments under natural conditions

We are looking for a creative, motivated team player with diploma or master degree in hydrogeology, geosciences or comparable subjects who is familiar with saturated/unsaturated flow processes in fractured media or karst aquifers. Programming/scripting knowledge (Matlab, Python, C++ or similar) is an advantage and will be required to model infiltration dynamics. For more detailed information about the workgroup please visit our website: or

The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life.The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application package in English or German containing a brief motivation letter, CV, copies of transcripts, and a digital copy (PDF) of your master thesis via email to or by mail to
Dr. Jannes Kordilla, Akad. Rat. a.Z., Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Dept. Applied Geology, Goldschmidtstr. 3, 37077 Göttingen.

Closing date for the application: September 17th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jannes Kordilla (phone: +49 551 39 9398, e-mail: Documents are destroyed after a retention period of three months. With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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