PhD position in geochemistry (all genders welcome) (Department of Sedimentology & Environmental Geology)

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


February 20, 2022


PhD position in geochemistry (all genders welcome)

Einrichtung: Department of Sedimentology & Environmental Geology (ID 100986)

Ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr. Michael Tatzel

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 20.12.2021

The Department of Sedimentology & Environmental Geology, Geoscience Center of the University of Göttingen is seeking a highly motivated applicant for a

PhD position in geochemistry (all genders welcome)

on a fixed-term contract for three years beginning in April/May 2022. Payment will be in accordance with the German collective agreement for public employees (TV-L E13, 75% of a full position, 29.85 h/week).

Climate and seawater chemistry are connected, but the exact linking mechanisms remain unclear. The processes that affect seawater chemistry will also shift stable Mg isotope ratios in seawater and therefore Mg isotopes can help resolve the relation between seawater chemistry and the carbon cycle. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to improve existing approaches to assess the stable Mg isotope evolution of Cenozoic seawater from carbonate archives. The successful applicant will have a university Master's degree in Geosciences or related field, preferentially with a geochemical thesis. We particularly encourage students to apply who are enthusiastic about lab work and mass spectrometry. A good sense of responsibility, good communication skills and good oral and written language skills in English are required. The ability to work in the field for short sampling campaigns and experience with carbonate diagenesis are beneficial.

We offer an international and creative environment with flat hierarchies, research challenges and access to well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratories across geoscientific disciplines including sedimentology, petrology and isotope geochemistry.

As our PhD candidate you will predominantly work in the clean-room laboratory for sample preparation and ion chromatography as well as using state-of-the- art mass spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS, TIMS, ICP-OES) and you will use various optical methods for sample characterization. As part of this project you will be actively involved in method development.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are under-represented in this field. The university understands itself as a family-friendly university and promotes the compatibility of scientific profession and family. The University firmly intends to raise the number of persons with a disability in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, persons with a disability will be preferentially considered.

How to apply: Please submit your application in a single PDF including a personal letter describing yourself and your motivation as well as your relevant experience (maximum 2 pages), a summary of your master thesis, the names and addresses of at least two referees, a curriculum vitae and copies of diplomas and certificates via our application portal:https: // Applications should be submitted by February 20, 2022 (CET).

For additional information about the project and the position contact Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michael Tatzel at