The Institut für Planetologie, University of Münster, invites applications for a scientific researcher position, starting on October 1, 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary level will be E13 TV-L (full-time). The duration will be 19 months; an extension for additional 24 months will be possible.


The applicant is expected to have strong interests in planetological/mineralogical topics and themes. The candidate will be capable of working independently as well as in a team, and will be creative and enthusiastic. The research will focus on space weathering, particularly the study and the interpretation of results by microanalyses (especially TEM and FIB). A close collaboration with the spectroscopy laboratory of the working group and the continuation of existing collaborations are expected. The goal of the project is to enable the interpretation of results of the MERTIS spectrometer aboard the space mission BepiColombo, an ESA spacecraft to be launched to the planet Mercury in 2016.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in independent work in electron microscopy (TEM, FIB, etc.) and related sample preparation techniques
  • Knowledge in space weathering and other relevant processes
  • Background in mineralogy/planetology
  • Knowledge in laboratory experiments
  • Experience and willingness to present results at conferences and in peer review journals

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.
We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.
Travel expenses for an interview cannot be refunded.

Please submit your applications including a cover letter, CV, and publication list until 11.08.2013 (PDF) to:

Prof. Dr. H. Hiesinger
Institut für Planetologie
Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10
48149 Münster

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