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Job advertisement PhD position in Theoretical Geochemistry / Geochemical Statistics (f/m/d) Fixed-term (3 years)

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PhD position in Theoretical Geochemistry / Geochemical Statistics (f/m/d) Fixed-term (3 years)

PhD position in Theoretical Geochemistry / Geochemical Statistics (f/m/d) Fixed-term (3 years)

University of Göttingen, Dpt. Geochemistry and Isotope Geology logo

University of Göttingen, Dpt. 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)


Student / Graduate / Internship

Research Assistant level (TV-L E13, 65%, starting from ca. EUR 42.240 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

Position offered here is position # 3

Project description and responsibilities:
This project aims to characterise and investigate possible geodynamical reasons for secular changes in the composition (major-, trace elements, as well as isotopes) of the continental crust over Earth’s history. It will be based on the novel approach of creating and statistically analyzing a comprehensive data compilation of representative granitoid rocks and gneisses.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an excellent university degree (MSc.) in Mathematics, Physics, Computational Sciences, Statistical Sciences, Earth Sciences, or related fields as well as a strong background in mathematical modelling and statistical data analysis. We expect candidates to have demonstrated scientific creativity, problem-solving capabilities, literacy in scientific writing, the ability to work independently, as well as excellent team player qualities. Very good English skills (written and spoken) are mandatory. Experience in handling and interpreting geochemical as well as petrological data is welcome. Otherwise it will be expected that the prospective candidate is willing to acquire expert geochemical knowledge over the course of the project. In exceptional cases and depending on qualification, BSc. degrees in the above subjects may be considered.

How to apply

Only applications submitted via the University’s online application platform
will be considered in the selection process

Job ID ID 100773

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.

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