Scientist (f_m_x) – Laser-Ablation ICP-MS trace element analyses and mapping of minerals
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Salary: TVöD Bund 13 - Tarifgebiet Ost
The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Internal Number: 6428
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 3.1 Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry (Department Geochemistry), we are looking for a:
Scientist (f_m_x) – Laser-Ablation ICP-MS trace element analyses and mapping of minerals Reference Number 6428
This position will be part of a research group on “Ore Genesis” led by Prof. Sarah Gleeson in Section 3.1, “Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry”. This group will focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the processes that form mineral deposits in crustal and surficial environments. It will contribute to the Helmholtz Association’s program-oriented funding scheme under Topic 8 “Georesources for the Energy Transition and a High-Tech Society”.
Build an internationally recognized facility for the analyses and mapping of trace elements in sulphide and silicate minerals by LA-ICP-MS
Produce the highest quality data and carry out QA/QC on all data from the lab
Carry out routine maintenance on quadrupole mass spectrometers
Carry out technique and standard development including split stream analytical applications
Train students and other visitors to the lab in analytical protocols, data processing and interpretation
Publish in international peer-reviewed journals and present research results at scientific meetings
Develop collaborations at the GFZ, and externally
Lead and/or contribute to writing proposals for third-party funding opportunities
MSc and PhD degree in analytical chemistry or geochemistry with experience in applying LA-ICP-MS techniques to geoscience questions
Experience in trace element analyses and mineral mapping by LA-ICP-MS
Demonstrated experience in technique development
Demonstrated experience in training lab users
Demonstrated experience in running and maintaining quadrupole mass spectrometers
Keen interest in developing LA-ICP-MS technologies for a range of applications in the Earth Sciences
Capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills
Proficiency in spoken and written English, spoken German is an advantage
What we offer:
Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
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
1st November 2022
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.
Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work:
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About Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1180 employees, the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the "System Earth" and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.