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Job advertisement Doctoral Researcher on Thermal Processes in Groundwater

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Doctoral Researcher on Thermal Processes in Groundwater

Doctoral Researcher on Thermal Processes in Groundwater

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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

The hosting research team offers excellent conditions for carrying out the work and modelling within a strong international network of partners from industry and academia. Candidates can expect an interdisciplinary, collegial and open-minded working atmosphere. Queries concerning the application process and project-related questions should be directed to the head of the research unit, Prof. Peter Bayer.


Halle (Saale), Germany


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Part time

Entry level

The salary conforms to the regulations of pay group 13 TV-L (75%) depending on the nature of the assigned tasks as well as the candidate’s qualifications.

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

17 April 2024

Job description

The temperature of groundwater bodies is an indicator of climate change, geothermal potential and ecological quality. The focus of the doctoral thesis proposed here will be to investigate the potential of near-surface aquifers for geothermal use on different scales. Aside from this, the effects of climate change on groundwater bodies are assessed by expanding existing data through measurement campaigns.


  • Characterization of the influence of climate change on the spatial and temporal development of groundwater temperatures
  • Assessment of dynamic geothermal potentials of near-surface aquifers
  • Carrying out field measurements and numerical modeling
  • Co-supervision of students and participation in teaching (2 semester hours per week)
  • Publication of high-quality scientific results


  • Master’s degree, diploma or equivalent in the natural or engineering sciences (e.g. geosciences, environmental sciences, geophysics, physics)
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary, quantitative environmental research
  • Knowledge of hydrogeology or geothermal energy
  • Experience with thermal processes or thermodynamics is an advantage
  • Programming knowledge (e.g. in Python or Matlab)
  • Fluent written and spoken English skills. Knowledge of German is an advantage.

How to apply

All applications should include:

  • Cover letter in English (or German) shortly describing the motivation for the project, research interests and relevant experience
  • Complete curriculum vitae including contact details of two referees
  • Digital copy of Master’s/Bachelor’s/Diploma degree certificates
    All documents should be submitted as one single pdf file.

Kindly send your application, quoting the reference number 5-3159/24-H to Prof. Peter Bayer ( The submission deadline is April 30, 2024. Selected candidates may be invited to an interview already before this deadline. The position is offered with reservation of possible budgetary restrictions. Application portfolios will not be returned, and application costs cannot be reimbursed.

The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg gives priority to applications from severely disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with a degree that was not obtained at a German university must submit a certificate assessment for foreign university qualifications (Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications) from the Central Office for Foreign Education ( This can be provided later after being invited for the interview.