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Dr. Johannes Raff Tel.: +49 351 260 2951,
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Dr. Susanne Sachs Tel.: +49 351 260 2436

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

7 February 2022

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 2022/15 (1358)

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) EU Projekt RADONORM

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)

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

    • In-house health management

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