PhD student (f_m_x) - (Radio-) Magnetotellurics


The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.
For section 2.2 Geophysical Imaging (department “Geophysics”), we are looking for a:

PhD student (f_m_x) - (Radio-) Magnetotellurics

Reference Number 6381

In the research group "Magnetotellurics", we have been working for several years on the further development of the high-frequency Radio magnetotelluric method (RMT) to map the electrical conductivity distribution of the upper ten to one hundred metres of the subsurface. Typical areas of application are in the context of investigations of aquifers, the weathering zone or in the accompaniment of drilling projects. Within the framework of this PhD position, innovative and efficient experimental and processing concepts are to be developed for the RMT. The existing processing software as well as the 2D and 3D inversion strategies are to be further developed. This requires close cooperation with the technical staff of the section. Further data sets need to be acquired in the context of field experiments in Germany and abroad.

Your responsibilities:

  • Further development of the RMT devices
  • Development of innovative experimental, data handling and processing concepts
  • Planning of and participation in (RMT) field experiments in Germany, Europe and worldwide
  • Further development of processing algorithm for RMT data and integration into the analysis software available at GFZ
  • Development of innovative and adapted interpretation and modelling methods for RMT data
  • Interpretation of the acquired RMT data with regard to the geological subsurface structure
  • Publication and presentation of results in scientific journals and at meetings and conferences

Your qualifications:

  • Master (or equivalent) in geophysics (preferred), physics or geology
  • Sound knowledge in application and theory of electromagnetic geophysical methods, especially magnetotellurics
  • Sound computer skills in Windows and Linux
  • Demonstrable, sound programming knowledge and experience in at least one programming language (Fortran, C, C++, Python, Matlab, ...)
  • Very good knowledge of the German and English language
  • Ability to participate in and conduct field experiments
  • European Class B driving licence required

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Professional career advice offered by our in-house Career-Centre
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus

Start date: 1st October 2022
Fixed-term: 3 years
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 13 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 22nd August 2022. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at]gfz-potsdam.de, who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]gfz-potsdam.de.

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact PD Dr. Ute Weckmann either via email at uweck@gfz-potsdam.de or phone +49 (0)331-288-2824. If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.


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Deadline: 2022-08-22
Location: Germany, Potsdam
Categories: geophysical sciences , Geosciences, PhD, Physics, Researcher,

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