- day-to-day operation, management, and keeping in good functioning of two transmission electron microscopy systems (FEI Tecnai G2 F20 and a new Themis Z) at the GFZ
- coordinating all sample preparation work, both conventional and target specific modes (i.e., FEI Helios G4 Dual Beam Helios G4 UC, cryo-preparation, etc)
- coordinating analyses of a multitude of sample types using different TEM modes (i.e., conventional and high resolution imaging, EDX, EELS, SAED etc. analyses; tomography, cryo-imaging, liquid cell TEM work)
- responsible for managing day-to-day user access, providing user training and helping with data analyses and interpretation across a large variety of projects for different internal and external users
- lead and write scientific publications for international refereed journals and present at scientific meetings
- lead and contribute to writing proposals for third party funding for future developments in TEM analyses/imaging
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) and PhD in geosciences, material sciences, physics or equivalent with a strong focus on micro-spectroscopy; fundamental knowledge in crystallography and experience working with beam sensitive and poorly ordered materials is essential; liquid cell or cryo-TEM work knowledge desirable
- at least 5 years of documented, hands-on expertise in TEM facility management and operation
- at least 7 years experience in convention and high resolution imaging and elemental analysis; selected area and nano-beam electron diffraction, energy loss spectroscopy, nano-tomography, ideally with experience in cryo-imaging/ analyses, and/or liquid-cell time-resolved imaging/ analyses etc.
- documented skills (through published work) in imaging/analyses of complex inorganic and of hybrid inorganic-biological samples
- skills or experience in development of new analytical data processing tools or novel TEM techniques
- capacity for interdisciplinary and international teamwork
- documented communication and writing proficiency English (grants and publication record)
Starting date: as soon as possible, latest May 1st, 2019
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 14 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.
The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (www.geo-x.net), and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.
Your application must include (a) a 2 page research statement, demonstrating point by point how you fit the qualifications and tasks described above, (b) a detailed CV including a publication list and (c) names of 3 referees. Please submit your application by Feb 15th, 2019.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.
We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.Informal enquiries should be addressed to Liane G. Benning
If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees (including visiting scientist), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization.
In the “Interface-Geochemistry” team of Prof. Liane G. Benning, we are looking for a Senior Researcher / Lab Manager (m/f) for the Transmission Electron Microscopy facilities at the GFZ (Job Vacancy No. 2009).