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Research associate position (all genders welcome)

Einrichtung: Department of Isotope Geology (ID 100603)

Ansprechpartner: Prof. Dr. Matthias Willbold

Besetzungsdatum: ab sofort

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 15.10.2019

The Department of Isotope Geology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen is currently inviting applications for a

Research associate position (f/m/d).

This is a fix-term (3 years), full-time position with a starting date as soon as possible. The salary levels will be in accordance with the German pay grade system for public servants, NBesO A13 or TV-L E13, depending on previous work experience. Following successful evaluation, the appointment can be extended for a further period of 3 years (§ 31 NHG/WissZeitVG).

We are looking for individuals whose research should focus on current topics in the high-temperature isotope geochemistry of solid Earth, terrestrial planets or solar system objects. Candidates must hold a PhD in Earth Sciences or a related research field and have post-doc experience of up to 4 years. Candidates must be familiar with independently operating state-of-the-art mass spectrometric facilities (such as MC-ICPMS, SF-ICPMS, TIMS), with working in clean room laboratory environments and should have expertise in applying novel isotope systems to key questions in Earth and Planetary Sciences. We are looking for individuals who have a strong track record of publishing scientific results in high-impact journals as well as experience in attracting external funding and have fluent English skills (written and spoken). Previous experience in teaching and/or supervision of students is an advantage. Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome.

Besides carrying out high-profile research, the successful applicant is expected to take part in one or more of the Faculty’s educational programs (BSc / MSc in Geosciences, PhD programs – in German or English, 4 weekly hours during term times) and contribute to the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the ICPMS and TIMS facility. To this end, we offer an international and divers professional environment with access to a wide range of state-of-the-art isotope geochemical research equipment as well as the possibility to obtain a “venia legendi”.

The Department of Isotope Geology and Geochemistry at the Faculty of Geosciences and Geography consists of three international research groups with established links to national as well as international collaborators. The department houses the Faculty’s recently installed, state-of-the-art ICPMS and TIMS facility comprising MC-ICPMS (Neptune Plus), SF-ICPMS (Element2), Q-ICPMS (iCAP-Q), laser ablation (Resonetics Resolution M50), TIMS (Triton, MAT 262), XRF (Axios) a new clean-room suite as well as NG-MS (Argus) and laboratories for mechanical rock preparation (crushing, milling and mineral separation). The facility is the focus of a multi-disciplinary research environment within the Faculty and is part of an open and well-connected infrastructure within the Göttingen Campus and beyond.

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 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 larger number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Only applications submitted via the application platform will be considered in the selection process: Please submit all relevant documents (cover letter, CV, research statement, contact details of up to three potential referees) as one single PDF file. For further information or enquiries please contact Prof. Dr. Matthias Willbold (

Closing date for applications is the 15 of December, 2019.

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