EMU Job opportunities

Research Associate (PostDoc) in Environmental Mineralogy (f_m_x) (Reference Number 6101)

“A holistic understanding of mineral-microbe-fluid-interactions in Earth Surface processes”


  • Conduct original research and apply your specialized mineralogical /crystallographic knowledge/skills in diffraction, scattering and spectroscopy
  • Publish in international peer-reviewed journals; present research results at scientific meetings
  • Development of own research directions complementary to those in the Interface Geochemistry team is strongly encouraged
  • Lead and/or considerably contribute to writing proposals for 3rd party funding
  • Help with supervision of Masters’ and PhD students


  • MSc or equivalent and PhD degree in mineralogy, crystallography, material sciences or geosciences with specialization in solid-state mineralogical methods for phase characterization
  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise in acquisition and complex analyses of diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopic data of amorphous and crystalline phases (i.e., XRD, PDF, FTIR, Raman, TGA/DSC etc) is the prime requirement for this post
  • Proven experience in all types of mineralogical and crystallographic data fitting and modelling
  • Excellent publication and 3rd party funding records
  • Capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork and excellent communication skills
  • Experience in supervision of students
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English, German is an asset

Start date: 1st October 2022 or as soon as possible
Fixed-term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)

Deadline: 15th August 2022.

Contact: Professor Liane G. Benning

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PhD position at ISTerre (Univ. Grenoble, France) in experimental geochemistry. Research collaboration with Shell.

“Abiotic reactivity of minerals at elevated H2 concentrations
Experiments and reactive transport modeling applied to deep aquifers”

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