Research Associate (PostDoc) in Geo-Bio-Interfaces

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 05:30 to Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 17:30

The GFZ's Interface Geochemistry group led by Liane G. Benning is looking for a

Research Associate (PostDoc) in Geo-Bio-Interfaces.

The holder of this position will work on laboratory-based experiments addressing fungal-mineral interface processes with special focus on assessing rates and mechanisms related to biological weathering. 

Your responsibilities:

  • conduct plant-microbe-mineral microcosm experiments to derive biotic, mineral specific weathering rates 
  • quantify molecular-scale interface processes with special applications to nutrient uptake and carbon cycling 
  • collect, process and interpret complex high-resolution and micro-spectroscopic data from fungal-mineral surface interaction observations 
  • integrate experimental, theoretical and modelling results 
  • publish in international peer-reviewed journals; present research results at scientific meetings 
  • lead and/or considerably contribute to writing proposals for third party funding 
  • help co-supervise Masters and PhD students 

Your qualifications:(essential in bold,all others are desirable)

  • MSc and PhD with a focus on geobiological processes with specialization in laboratory experiments 
  • proven expertise in microcosms experiments and analyses, data processing and interpretation of complex carbon and nutrient speciation data sets 
  • documented, hands on knowledge of light microscopy, SEM/TEM, Raman, μ-FTIR and / or synchrotron based micro-spectroscopic 
  • proven expertise in working at the interface between geochemistry/mineralogy and microbiology 
  • documentable excellent publication and 3rd party funding records 
  • capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills 
  • proven experience in supervision of students and/or PhD candidates 
  • proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset 

Starting date: 15th May 2018 

Fixed term: 3 years (with possibility for extension)

Your application must be in English and include the following components : (a) a maximum 2-page research statement; (b) full CV and publication list and (c) the names of 3 independent referees.

Contact for any questions:

Prof. Liane G. Benning
GFZ, German Research Centre for Geosciences/ Interface Geochemistry Group 4.4
Potsdam, GERMANY

Please submit your application by May 1, 2018 via the APPLY button on the following webpage . 

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