The Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics at the Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a 

PhD (m,f,x) in Experimental Petrology for 3 years with 29,8725 hours per week, TV-L E13

Research in the Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry Group covers a broad range of major topics covering terrestrial magmatism and planetary differentiation. We are using tools such as high-temperature and high-pressure experiments to explore kinetic and equilibrium processes.

The project aims to enhance our understanding of metal and sulfide melt mobility in the Earth’s deeper and how this process is connected to diamond formation. Specifically, the influence of different host lithologies, chemical compositions, and pressures will be investigated. The successful candidate will conduct high-pressure and high-temperature experiments using the multi-anvil apparatus, building upon established methodologies. Experimental data will be analyzed using advanced microanalytical techniques such as Focused Ion Beam Secondary Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM) and sub-micron resolution computed tomography (µCT). Furthermore, laboratory-scale findings will be extrapolated to geological scales using reactive flow modeling and machine learning algorithms.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • Quantitative image analyses in 2D and 3D
  • High-pressure and high-temperature experiments using the multi-anvil apparatus
  • Sample analysis using FIB-SEM, EMPA, µCT, and Raman 
  • Developing a model to upscale laboratory-scale observations
  • Presentation of results on national and international conferences
  • Writing of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journal

Your profile:

  • Completed university degree (Master, Diplom)
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • Strong background in quantitative analysis
  • Willingness to independently operate experimental and analytical devices following comprehensive hands-on training

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • A qualified induction programme
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • A friendly and collegial environment

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Raúl Fonseca, Phone: +49234 32 23299
Christopher Beyer, Phone: +49234 32 24141

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3326 until 24/06/2024, send by e-mail to the following address:

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