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Scientific Researcher Geosciences (m/f/d)

Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light-Life-Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena's character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.


The Division for Applied Geology of the Institute for Geosciences at the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences  seeks to fill the position of a


Scientific Researcher Geosciences (m/f/d)



commencing on March 2022. or the earliest possible starting date thereafter

We offer a part-time position (50%, 20 hours per week), (initially) limited until 31. August 2024.


The Applied Geology Group researches basic environmental processes, especially the relations, interactions and feedbacks between the litho-, pedo-, hydro- and biospheres. The position should be filled within the collaborative project RENA which focus on the biological radionuclide removal of contaminated soils using natural association processes to develop a method for the ex-situ treatment of soils originating from the dismantling of nuclear facilities. Investigations on the following topics will be performed by the Applied Geology group:

  • Mineralogy, clay mineral matrix, organic material of the soil
  • Hydrodynamics and rooting (plants, fungi)
  • Small-scale plant experiments for phytoremediation
  • Reactive Transport Modelling

As our new Doctoral Researcher you will play a vital role in ensuring the success of our project by performing pore space characterization and analysis of reactive transport processes in soils using petrographic and tomographic methods (including LA-ICP-MS, µCT).


Your responsibilities:

  • Pore space characterization of the various geological starting materials
  • Design, carry out and analyse hydrodynamic experiments and geo-/chemical analyses
  • Work on your own scientific qualification project (doctorate)
  • Publishing results in peer-reviewed journals
  • Willingness to travel to conferences to present results, as well as to collaborators


Your profile:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Geology/Mineralogy, Biogeosciences, Geo-/Chemistry, Soil Science, Environmental Science or a related discipline
  • Ideally, you have basic knowledge in sedimentary petrography, in the analysis of porous materials including visualization and image analysis of tomographic data and data processing (e.g. Python, R, C++)
  • Experience with mass spectrometry (e.g. ICP-MS) and their application in soil science as well as knowledge handling of colloid characterization techniques would be desirable
  • Basic skills in geochemical or transport modelling (e.g. PHREEQC) are an advantage
  • Excellent technical skills in the operation of complex instruments and their adaptation to measurement requirements
  • Enthusiasm to play an active role in the interdisciplinary research team of RENA and the Applied Geology group
  • Highly motivated and creative personalities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English


We offer:

  • Opportunity for research on an innovative and unique research platform using excellent equipment and infrastructure
  • A communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top‐level research facilities and training program, including participation in international and national conferences, summer schools and Workshops
  • The place of work is the city of Jena, Germany, a young and lively university town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation, and a vibrant cultural scene.
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime and, if applicable, teleworking)
  • A Graduate Academy for doctoral candidates and postdocs;
  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale E13 - depending on the candidate's personal qualifications-, including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement.


The advertised position is (initially) limited until 31. August 2024 with an elongation option.

This is a part-time position with 50% (20 hours per week) of the working hours of a full-time employee.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability.


Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your detailed written application (English or German) by email (one PDF file), stating the vacancy ID 006/2022 by 15.02.2022 to:


Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.


For further information for applicants, please also refer to www4.uni-jena.de/stellenmarkt_hinweis.html (in German)
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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institute for Geosciences at the Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences




Ausschreibung vom: 14.01.2022
Bewerbungsende: 15.02.2022
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