Doctoral Position C3 (75%, E13 TV-L)

Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets (TRR 170) is a transregional collaborative research center located in Münster and Berlin (Germany). Founded in 2016, the center is funded by the German Research Foundation and is comprised of research groups at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU), Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (MfN) and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Berlin (DLR). The focus of TRR 170 is the interdisciplinary study of the late growth history of terrestrial planets from the last giant collisions between planetary embryos to the terminal phase of late bombardment, approximately 3.8 billion years ago. The program also provides a broad, interdisciplinary, planetary science education for doctoral students.

We invite applications for a PhD position for the second funding period (2020–2023) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. The position is available for up to 4 years and the starting date is flexible. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.

A master of science or diploma in Earth sciences or chemistry and good English language skills (written and oral) are required. The project (C3) will use new analytical data to better constrain the initial geochemical evolution of Earth and other terrestrial planets (e.g., core formation, late-stage accretion, and early crust formation). The ideal candidate has experience with analytical techniques (XRF, ICP-MS) and geochemical modelling. Prior experience with computer programming (e.g. Python, Matlab) is desirable, but not necessary. For more information, please contact Andreas Stracke at the Institut für Mineralogie, WWU Münster ( and Thorsten Kleine at the Institut für Planetologie (thorsten.kleine

The participating institutions are equal opportunity employers and are 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, although some restrictions related to accessing laboratory facilities may apply.

Applications should be written in English and include a cover letter, the names of two referees, CV, copies of degree certificates and transcripts, all combined into a single pdf (max. 10 MB). Please indicate that you are applying for position C3 and email your application to Review of applications will begin 30  June 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.