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The Institute of Mineralogy in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate
in Experimental Geochemistry
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 75%)

starting on 1 January 2023. We are offering this fixed-term part-time position (75% FTE) for 3 years.

Your tasks:

  • This DFG-funded position is tied to working towards a doctorate.
  • The project will investigate the thermodynamic properties of model fluid systems in the crust and upper mantle by high pressure experiments. The main focus will be to determine, in situ, the density and speciation of fluids using a combination of laser (Raman/Brillouin) and synchrotron X-ray spectroscopies in high pressure cells (autoclaves and diamond anvil cells).
  • Several short research stays in Grenoble (France) are planned for the X-ray measurements (coll. Dr. J-L. Hazemann, CNRS-FAME beamline).
  • The successful candidate will gather the experimental data and implement density models compatible with current numerical codes that simulate reactive fluid flow and the formation of ore deposits in crustal settings (coll. Dr P Weis, GFZ Potsdam).


Our expectations:

  • Applicants should hold a master’s degree or equivalent in Earth sciences, physics, chemistry or a related field at the time of the appointment.
  • The candidate should have a strong background in physico-chemistry and thermodynamics of aqueous systems.
  • Experience in high pressure and/or synchrotron techniques and vibrational spectroscopy is preferred.
  • Excellent English skills (written and spoken), computational skills and availability for travel are required. German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement.
  • We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a keen interest in experimental work and the ability to work independently.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or ideology, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Carmen Sanchez-Valle ( General information about the Institute for Mineralogy at the University of Münster is available at:

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 September 2022.

Please send your application, via email, to Prof Carmen Sanchez-Valle at Candidates should submit their applications in a single PDF file including a short statement of their research experience and interests, a CV including a list of publications, and the names and contact information of three potential referees.

Please note that we cannot consider other file formats.