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PhD Position in Soil Mineralogy

PhD Position in Soil Mineralogy

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Leibniz University Hannover


Hannover, Germany


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)


Student / Graduate / Internship

Salary is TV-L E13 (65%), according to the German TV-L system (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst der Länder)

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

8 February 2018

Job description

The Institute of Mineralogy at Leibniz University Hannover invites applications for a PhD position in Soil Mineralogy. The PhD candidate will work on the German Research Foundation (DFG) project “Soil manganese: Speciation, transformation, and reactivity”. This project seeks to better understand the terrestrial manganese cycle by assessing manganese forms and their dynamics in soils. The successful candidate will characterize soils, synthesize and analyze manganese minerals and determine chemical manganese forms in soils using synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy and sequential extraction methods. In addition, the candidate will carry out wet-chemical experiments on the transformation of manganese oxides under anoxic conditions and evaluate the effect of these transformations on heavy metal mobility in soils. He/she will publish experimental results in peer-reviewed journals and present scientific results at national and international conferences.

Job requirements
Prerequisite for this position is a master degree in the fields of mineralogy, soil science, geosciences, geochemistry or the like. Experiences with chemical and/or mineralogical analyses of geomaterials as well as the willingness to travel and work at international synchrotron radiation laboratories are required. Very good knowledge of the English language spoken and written is essential. A car driving license is desirable.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Christian Mikutta (tel.: +49 (0) 511 762-19982; e-mail: Further information about the institute can be found at

Please send your application (including information on your motivation, contact details of two references, CV as well as relevant certificates) by e-mail to as a single PDF document (“Application_Manganese_Your Name”) no later than 07.03.2018.