Post-doctoral Researcher Petrology-Geochemistry



Post-doctoral Researcher Petrology-Geochemistry

Deadline: 28. February 2018

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90%) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10%) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 75 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

In the research unit “Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems” of Research Division 4 the working group Petrology-Geochemistry is offering a position as

Post-doctoral Researcher

starting on August 1th, 2018.

Job Description
The working group Petrology-Geochemistry investigates submarine volcanism by means of bathymetry, geochronology, and major and trace element and radiogenic isotope geochemistry. In the project SHATSKY EVOLUTION, the Shatsky Rise (northeast Pacific) will be surveyed (mapped) and volcanic features sampled during upcoming R/V Sonne expedition SO265 (Aug. 27 to Oct. 11, 2018). The main objectives of the project are characterization and dating of the volcanism that led to the formation of this vast oceanic plateau.

The main responsibilities of the postdoctoral scientists include (besides active participation in expedition SO265) contributions to the extensive analytical program, data evaluation and interpretation, and publication of peer-reviewed articles. Expected is the willingness to present scientific results at (international) conferences, to collaborate in preparing reports and to write (peer-reviewed) publications in English language. The project will be carried out in cooperation with international partners.

• PhD in geosciences with relevance to geology, petrology and geochemistry,
• good publication record relative to time since receiving PhD,
• experience in magmatic geochemistry and petrology
• experience carrying out geochemical analysis of volcanic rocks (experience in working with submarine, altered rocks is an advantage),
• ability to independently reduce/evaluate and integrate diverse data sets (petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, bathymetry) into scientifically sound conclusions and models,
• very good English language skills

The position is available for a funding period of 26 months. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position and cannot be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Applications including a CV (with publication list) and contact details of 2 referees should be sent as single pdf file to the following address via Email by February 28, 2018 using the subject line “SO265” to:

E-Mail: bewerbung(at)

As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all application papers will be destroyed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Dr. Jörg Geldmacher (jgeldmacher(at) or Prof. Kaj Hoernle (khoernle(at)

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