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Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

16 December 2018

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 75/2018 (770)

The HZDR is committed to equal opportunity employment and we strongly encourage applications from qualified female candidates. We also carefully consider all applications from job candidates with severe disabilities.

Bautzner Landstraße 400
01328 Dresden

PhD Student (m/f) - Energy selective 3D tomography for applied raw materials research

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,100 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health, and matter.

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) pursues the objective of developing innovative technologies for the economy so that mineral and metalliferous raw materials can be made available and used more efficiently and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.

As part of the Institute, the Department of Analytics invites applications as PhD Student (m/f) - Energy selective 3D tomography for applied raw materials research.

ln collaboration with project partners at the Geology Department of Ghent University and industrial partners (3D imaging technology and geometallurgy) this PhD aims to deliver the ability to identify and quantify the concentration of chemical elements present in raw materials, e.g. the amount of metals in an ore or in a recyclable material using new 3D X-ray spectroscopic methods.

The position is to be filled, provided that the funds will be approved, on 15 February 2019 - or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD student will be employed at HZDR and registered at Ghent University. The employment contract is limited to three years. The place of work is Freiberg, but you will be required to spend 1/3 of the time in Ghent University, 1/3 at Freiberg and the remaining time at industrial partners depending on the necessity for the research project.


  • design and optimization of 3D experimental methods for quantitative energy selective computed micro-tomography (E-CT)
  • compare 3D results from E-CT with 2D SEM based automated mineralogical methods to create a database aiming at automated 3D identification and quantification of chemical elements
  • validate the new method as a quantitative tool for the raw materials industry (e.g. mining companies, recycling industry)
  • present results at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals


  • Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, earth sciences or material sciences or (bio)engineering with very good marks as well as a passion for analytical methods
  • an independent and well-organized working style, demanding high quality of your own work
  • willingness to travel and spend more than 1 year of the PhD at partner institutions (Belgium and Finland)
  • desire for a career in multidisciplinary applied research and development
  • well-developed social skills directed towards working in an interdisciplinary team, excellent interpersonal and communicative skills
  • strong motivation to succeed in scientific research, excellent presentation and scientific writing skills
  • very good to excellent verbal and written English skills (a proof of English language skills is always an added value)
  • demonstrated computer and/or experimental skills are of advantage
  • experience with image analysis methods is of advantage

We offer:

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence
  • internationality and diversity
  • interesting and diverse tasks, flexible working hours, salary based on the collective agreement TVöD-Bund
  • equality of opportunity and family-friendly structures, corporate health management
  • attractive work and research terms in a highly motivated team

Kindly submit your completed application (two page CV including name and contact of 2 potential referees, certificates and motivation letter (max. 2000 characters) by 16 December 2018 only via Online application (English / German).