As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,400 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.
The Institute of Resource Ecology performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials.
As part of the Institute, the Department of Biogeochemistry invites applications as PhD Student (f/m/d) EU Projekt RADONORM.
The position will be available from 1 April 2022. The employment contract is limited to three years.
The position is supported by the European joint project RADONORM, dealing with the effect of microorganisms on the mobility of natural radionuclides (uranium, radium) in uranium mine waters. The PhD (f/m/d) will be carried out at the HZDR, but part of the PhD work will be conducted at the Department of Microbiology, University of Granada, Spain under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed Merroun.
The focus is on the following fields of work:
Geochemical characterization of water samples including the characterization and identification of organic water constituents
Bioreactor studies for wood degradation processes in mining relevant model systems
Microcosm and bioreactor experiments for uranium and radium removal through microbial processes
Biochemical, microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of uranium-microbe interactions
Publication of results in high impact scientific journals and their presentation at project meetings, conferences and workshops
Preparation of a PhD thesis
Very good university degree (Diploma/Master) in the field of Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Environmental Sciences
Knowledge and practical experience on microbiological studies and the analytical characterization of water constituents
Experience in the use of analytical, biochemical, spectroscopic and microscopic methods
Interest in applied research and interdisciplinary cooperation in the context of remediation of contaminated sites
Personal commitment, ability to work in a team, good experimental skills
The willingness to handle radioactive samples is required
Very good English language skills
Willingness to travel for an extended stay at foreign institutions (e.g., University of Granada, Spain)
What we offer:
A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
The employment contract is limited to three years
Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TVöD-Bund
30 days of paid holiday leave
Company pension scheme (VBL)
A good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the form of Possibility to work part-time, Flexible working hours and In-house health management
How to apply:
Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.