Veronika Kovzel
Phone: +49 351 260 3231

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For any questions, do not hesitate to ask:
Dr. Katja Schmeide Tel.: +49 351 260 2436,
+49 351 260 2513

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

6 December 2020

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 142/2020 (1063)

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 (f/m/d)

As 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 invites applications as PhD student (f/m/d). One position will be available from 01.02.2021. The employment contract is limited to three years.


The position is part of a national joint project dealing with geochemical retention of radionuclides on cement alteration phases (GRaZ II).

The focus is on the following fields of work:

  • Investigation of the influence of organic ligands on the retention of radionuclides relevant to repositories in systems with cement phases as well as clay minerals and natural clay rock under hyperalkaline conditions

  • Identification of the formed species by spectroscopic methods

  • Derivation of corresponding thermodynamic data and application in (geo )chemical modelling

  • Publication of results in international journals and at conferences

  • Preparation of a PhD thesis


  • very good university degree (Diploma/Master) in the field of chemistry or environmental sciences

  • knowledge of a broad spectrum of analytical and spectroscopic methods

  • personal commitment, ability to work in a team, good experimental skills

  • interest in applied research and interdisciplinary cooperation in the context of a safe final disposal of radioactive waste

  • very good English language skills

  • The willingness to handle radioactive samples is required

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

  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement TvöD-Bund
  • 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

    • 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