For any questions, do not hesitate to ask:
Dr. Norbert Jordan Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2148,
Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Brendler Tel.: +49 351 260 - 2430,
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Stumpf Tel.: +49 351 260 - 3210

Place of work:

Working hours:
19,5 h/week

15 March 2018

Online application
English / German
Job-Id: 11/2018 (695)

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)

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 Institute of Resource Ecology (IRE) performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials. The IRE invites applications as

PhD student (m/f)

The position will be available from 01 June 2018. The employment contract is limited to three and a half years.

This position is related to a joint project between the HZDR and the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) in Orléans (France), where several stays of a total of 9-12 months are scheduled.


  • investigation of the sorption of radionuclides with model minerals (e.g. quartz), real soils and sediments by batch sorption and column/percolation experiments
  • identification and characterization of species on surfaces and in solution by applying advanced spectroscopic methods
  • species identification by applying advanced spectroscopic methods and development of a thermodynamic model


  • very good Master degree in chemistry, environmental science or geoscience
  • broad knowledge on analytical and spectroscopic (infrared, fluorescence and absorption) methods
  • willingness to work with radionuclides (U,Np), very good experimental skills
  • interest in applied research and interdisciplinary cooperation in the context of understanding the migration of radionuclides in polluted areas
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English; communication skills in French are not mandatory, but highly appreciated

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