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Postdoc position (f/m) Department "Geomicrobiology"

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences. Potsdam, 06.06.2018

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees, 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.

For Section 5.3 / Department 5 "Geomicrobiology" we invite applications for a

Postdoc position (m/f)

Job Vacancy 1033

You will be part of the research group led by Prof. Dr.
Dirk Wagner and work on a project dealing with
microorganisms as agents for the development
of landslides in New Zealand.

Your responsibilities:
  • extraction of DNA/RNA from landslide sediments
  • molecular biological characterization of microbial communities (structure and function) in landslides
  • bioinformatics and statistics with high-throughput sequence data sets
  • metagenome and metatranscriptome analysis
  • coordinate project-related collaboration within and beyond the GFZ
  • publish in international top journals and present results at scientific meetings
  • participate actively to activities in our group, Section and Department (including teaching)
Your qualifications:
  • MSc. (or equivalent) and PhD in Microbiology/Molecular Biology with a focus in molecular ecology and bioinformatics
  • excellent microbiological skills, particularly DNA/RNA-based analyses (e.g. qPCR, NGS)
  • expertise in metagenomics/metatranscriptomics for the characterization of microbial communities
  • sound bioinformatics skills and interest
  • affinity for bio-geo-interactions
  • you are a team player
  • good communication skills, excellent English language skills
Starting date:
as soon as possible
Fixed term:
2 years with the possibility of extension
Working hours:
full-time (currently 39 h/week)
The position is, in principle, suitable for part-time employment.
The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Place of work:

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 (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.

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.

If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.
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Please submit your
application in English by
29th May 2018.
We will retain your application documents
for at least three months, even if the
application is not successful.

Bewerbungsschluss: 29.06.2018