Nicole Seifert
Phone: +49 351 260 2083
Fax: +49 351 260 12083

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Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

8 January 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 132/2019 (915)

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/d)

A member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the HZDR employs about 1,200 people. The Center's focus is on interdisciplinary research in the areas energy, health and matter.

The Institute of Resource Ecology of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in close cooperation with the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI, Ljubljana, Slovenia) is looking for a motivated and talented PhD student (m/f/d) in the fields of Geochemistry/Soil sciences in the Department of Reactive Transport and the Laboratory for Bioanalytics. The position will be available at the earliest time possible. The employment contract is limited to three years. 

The position is part of an international, interdisciplinary research group in the field of nanosafety. Main focus of the research is the mobility and impact of nanoparticles in/on soil systems. Using a highly interdisciplinary approach in the fields of microbiology and geochemistry the interactions in the system soil mineral/soil bacteria/nanoparticle are to be investigated. Innovative techniques such as, colloidal probe AFM, interferometric microscopy and the radiolabeling of nanoparticles are used in an integrative approach. The specific PhD position revolves around the Investigation of the microscopic interactions of nanoparticles with soil minerals. This encompasses the detailed analysis of mineral surface potentials under different environmental conditions and the alterations of these potential through microbial influences.


  • investigation of the interaction of nanoparticles with soil minerals
  • obtaining of microscopic surface potential maps of mineral surfaces (colloidal probe AFM) under different environmental conditions and their influence on nanoparticle retention
  • investigation of microbial alterations of surface potentials


  • very good university degree (Diploma/Master) in Chemistry/Geochemistry or related subjects
  • enthusiasm for highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented scientific work in an international research group at the different locations, HDZR (Dresden-Rossendorf/Leipzig, Germany) and JSI (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • willingness to conduct frequent exchange-stays at the different locations (main work place: HZDR, Leipzig/Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)

  • experience in AFM measurements appreciated

  • excellent English skills

We offer:

  • exciting work environment on an attractive research campus

  • high scientific professional networking as well as scientific excellence

  • salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TVöD-Bund

  • 30 vacation days per year

  • company pension scheme (VBL)

  • a good work/life balance for which we offer assistance in the shape of:

    • flexible working hours

    • in-house health management

Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

Online application English / German