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Job advertisement Geochemist in Research Data Management and Geochemical Statistics (female/male/diverse) Research Assistant, Fixed-term (3 years)

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Geochemist in Research Data Management and Geochemical Statistics (female/male/diverse) Research Assistant, Fixed-term (3 years)

Geochemist in Research Data Management and Geochemical Statistics (female/male/diverse) Research Assistant, Fixed-term (3 years)

Universität Göttingen, Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology logo

Universität Göttingen, Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology

The position offers the successful candidate to obtain advanced qualification as a data scientist and research data management. At the Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology [] you will be part of a young and vibrant research group. The department has well-established links to national as well as international collaborators. Besides the DIGIS programme, its core research expertise lies in the application of state-of-the-art analytical facilities to investigate magmatic and metamorphic processes on Earth and planetary bodies.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields, in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a larger number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.


Göttingen, Germany


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)



Research Assistant level (TV-L E13, 100%, starting from ca. EUR 48.000 p.a.)

Required education

Application deadline
30 November 2020

13 November 2020

Job description

The position is part of the new “Digital Geochemical Data Infrastructure” (DIGIS) research group at the University of Göttingen, supported by a cluster of four research projects funded through the DFG’s Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (LIS) programme []. A total of five research positions will be filled for three years. An extension of the positions for further three years is planned, pending excellent performance of DIGIS and successful follow-up grant application.
The aim of DIGIS is to develop and maintain the highly successful and well-established geochemical GEOROC [], prepare new means of data harvesting and data entry as well as to stabilize and streamline IT connections with other existing geochemical databases such as EarthChem of the IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance). DIGIS also forms an integral part of the current NFDI4Earth initiative.
The DIGIS research group will be composed of:
(1) IT-data scientist
(2) Geochemist in Research Data Management and Geochemical Statistics
(3) PhD position in Theoretical Geochemistry / Geochemical Statistics
(4) PhD position in Computer Linguistics
(5) Position in IT-Research Data Management

The position to be filled here is position 2.

Project description and responsibilities:
The successful applicant will be responsible for the development, implementation, and application of new concepts for the curation of geochemical data, data entry and archiving for GEOROC and will work closely with the IT data scientists of the project (positions 1 and 5). This includes API-programming to link the database with independently developed data analysis and visualisation tools. Further responsibilities are to develop or adapt a digital archiving system for sample that links GEOROC base to a physical sample archive.
Qualifications: PhD degree in geochemistry or related fields. Advanced experience and training in the statistical analysis, handling, visualisation, and interpretation of large geochemical data sets is also required. Fundamental knowledge in research data management and the design and curation of large data bases and their IT infrastructure are essential. Excellent written and spoken communication in English and experience in publication of geochemical data are mandatory. We also expect the successful candidate to be an active team player in our new research group with experience in scientific publication.

Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome.

How to apply

Only applications submitted via the University’s online application platform

will be considered in the selection process:
Job ID ID 100775

Please submit all relevant documents (motivation letter, CV, copies of transcript of records, copies of academic degree diplomas, abstract of master thesis, two references) as one single PDF file by navigating to the respective job advert ID or by clicking on the link given above. For further information or enquiries please contact the respective lead investigators given below each position advert.
Closing date for applications is the 30 November 2020.
Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For further information please contact Prof. Gerhard Wörner [], Department of Geochemistry and Isotope Geology, Faculty of Geosciences and Geography, University of Göttingen via E-Mail: