The Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Applied Geology of the Faculty Geosciences at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University of Münster, Germany, offers a

PhD position (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) in the field of
Impact of geosorbents on bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic compounds
in soils and sediments (salary level TV-L 13)

to be filled as soon as possible. Current working hours are 19 hours and 55 minutes per week. Teaching of two hours per week in the field of applied geology is required.


  • Degree of MSc- or Diploma in the field of Geosciences, Environmental Sciences or related field
  • Knowledge and in best case experiences with gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Knowledge on environmental pollutions
  • Knowledge and in best case experiences with sample preparation of soils/sediments/solid samples
  • Good English, written and orally, German at least basic knowledge
  • Supervision of bachelor and master students

Our offer:

  • PhD position for three years
  • Opportunity for a dissertation in the field of bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic compounds in soils and sediments
  • Ultra high resolution-quadrupol-time-of-flight-mass spectrometry (HRMS, combined with GC or LC), LC-ESI-MS, PSE
  • Teaching of two hours per week and term in the field of geosciences including organic environmental analysis

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of senior 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.

Under conditions of same qualification, severely challenged persons will be preferred. However, some limitations due to access to the laboratory facilities or e.g. field sampling may apply.

For questions, please contact Prof. C. Achten (

Please send applications as one single pdf document (including motivation letter, curriculum vitae and future research perspectives) referring to subject 20/18 by 12.10.2018 via email to:

Dekanat Fachbereich 14, Geowissenschaften
University of Münster
Christiane Zens