The Applied Geology group of the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Münster, Germany, offers a

Research Associate (Postdoctoral Position)
(Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

(salary level TV-L 13, 100 %)
in the field of organic environmental pollutants in soil and water

This fixed-term post is to be filled by 1 October 2018. The initial appointment is for three years, with the possibility of extension for another three years. Current working hours are 39 hours and 50 minutes per week. Teaching of four hours per week in the field of applied geology is required. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

Position details:

The fields of research in the Applied Geology working group relate to studying the occurrence, behaviour and remediation of organic environmental pollutants in water and soil as well as addressing hydrogeological problems. This interdisciplinary field of work allows for diverse research activity using a well-equipped laboratory, e.g. for trace analysis.

The Environmental Analytical Laboratory or the working group is equipped with e.g. GC- and LC-APLI-TOFMS (the most sensitive analytical technique for PAH), LC-ESI-HRMS with direct injection for Non-Target-Analysis, GC-MS, GCxGC-MS, LC-DAD, IC, CSIA and PSE. The laboratory is in the vicinity of several other laboratories at the University of Münster.


Applicants must have a PhD in environmental geoscience, environmental science, geoscience or a related field. Candidates must have a solid background in environmental chemistry or organic geochemistry and must have experience with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and sampling. Additionally, candidates should have good English and German skills, both written and oral. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise PhD, bachelor's and master's students and will be required to develop their own research project and profile.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered. However, some limitations due to access to the laboratory facilities (security) or activities in the field (e.g. sampling) may apply.

For further questions, please contact Prof. C. Achten (

Please send, as a single PDF file, the complete application, including a motivation letter, CV with publication list, a statement of past and future research activities, and the names and email addresses of two potential referees who are willing to provide references (subject 09/18), by 1 July 2018 via email to:

Dekanat Fachbereich 14, Geowissenschaften
University of Münster
Christiane Zens

posted: 13 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.