Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften

PhD position (m/f/d) in mineral magnetism, 75% E 13

  • Stellenausschreibung:

    DFG-funded project “Impact structures: Effect of post-shock thermal conditions
    on mineral magnetism ”

  • Stellenart:

    PhD student

  • Fakultät/Abteilung:

    Structural Geology

  • Institut:

    Angewandte Geowissenschaften

  • Eintrittstermin:

    1st June 2020

  • Bewerbungsfrist:

    31st March 2020

  • Kontaktperson:

    Prof. Dr. Agnes Kontny, Email:

  • At the Institute of Applied Geosciences (AGW), Chair of Structural Geology, we seek a

    PhD student (75%) TV-L E13

    The position is funded for 3 years.

    Our research and teaching is on deformation of reservoirs, diagenesis and rock magnetics. This includes energy- and mineral resources and associated value chains.

    Job description: This project aims on detailing our understanding of magnetic and microstructural features due to heating of shocked material and their distinction from new formed magnetic minerals in impact structures. The discrimination of different secondary processes leading to enhancement or destruction of magnetic signals over impact structures is one important key to explain magnetic anomaly pattern over different kinds of impact craters on Earth and other planetary bodies.

    Your tasks:

    (1) Constrain effects of post-shock thermal treatment of shocked material under laboratory conditions using magnetic and microstructural methods
    (2) Investigate the shock and post-shock history of natural samples from two impact structures using magnetic and microstructural methods: Chicxulub impact crater and the Nördlingen impact crater, and compare them with experimental results.

    Qualification: MSc in Earth Sciences The candidate must have a strong interest in experimental work on magnetic materials. Knowledge of mineralogy and material science are required. A successful candidate will study magnetic properties, such as magnetic susceptibility and remanence at different temperatures, and apply mineralogical methods such as X- ray diffraction, SEM, MFM and TEM.

    Salary:The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L, 0.75 E 13
    Institute: Institute of Applied Geosciences
    Contract duration: 3 years limited
    Starting date: 1st June 2020 (tentatively)
    Application up to: 31st March 2020
    Application: Complete applications must include a curriculum vitae and contact details of two referees familiar with the academic ability of the candidate, and should be emailed to: Prof. Dr. Agnes Kontny, Email: