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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

As a mem­ber of the Helm­holtz Asso­ci­ation of Ger­man Research Cen­ters, the HZDR employs about 1,400 people. The Cen­ter's focus is on inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research in the areas energy, health and mat­ter.

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

As part of the Insti­tute, the Depart­ment of Biogeo­chem­istry invites applic­a­tions as PhD Stu­dent (f/m/d) EU Pro­jekt RADONORM.

The pos­i­tion will be avail­able from 1 April 2022. The employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to three years.

PhD Stu­dent (f/m/d) EU Pro­jekt RADONORM


Working field:

The pos­i­tion is sup­por­ted by the European joint pro­ject RADONORM, deal­ing with the effect of microor­gan­isms on the mobil­ity of nat­ural radi­o­nuc­lides (uranium, radium) in uranium mine waters. The PhD (f/m/d) will be car­ried out at the HZDR, but part of the PhD work will be con­duc­ted at the Depart­ment of Micro­bi­o­logy, Uni­versity of Granada, Spain under the super­vi­sion of Prof. Mohamed Mer­roun.

The focus is on the fol­low­ing fields of work:

  • Geo­chem­ical char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of water samples includ­ing the char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion and iden­ti­fic­a­tion of organic water con­stitu­ents
  • Biore­actor stud­ies for wood degrad­a­tion pro­cesses in min­ing rel­ev­ant model sys­tems
  • Micro­cosm and biore­actor exper­i­ments for uranium and radium removal through micro­bial pro­cesses
  • Bio­chem­ical, micro­scopic and spec­tro­scopic char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of uranium-microbe inter­ac­tions
  • Pub­lic­a­tion of res­ults in high impact sci­entific journ­als and their present­a­tion at pro­ject meet­ings, con­fer­ences and work­shops
  • Pre­par­a­tion of a PhD thesis


  • Very good uni­versity degree (Dip­loma/Mas­ter) in the field of Chem­istry, Bio­logy, Bio­chem­istry, Micro­bi­o­logy or Envir­on­mental Sci­ences
  • Know­ledge and prac­tical exper­i­ence on micro­bi­o­lo­gical stud­ies and the ana­lyt­ical char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion of water con­stitu­ents
  • Exper­i­ence in the use of ana­lyt­ical, bio­chem­ical, spec­tro­scopic and micro­scopic meth­ods
  • Interest in applied research and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary cooper­a­tion in the con­text of remedi­ation of con­tam­in­ated sites
  • Per­sonal com­mit­ment, abil­ity to work in a team, good exper­i­mental skills
  • The will­ing­ness to handle radio­act­ive samples is required
  • Very good Eng­lish lan­guage skills
  • Will­ing­ness to travel for an exten­ded stay at for­eign insti­tu­tions (e.g., Uni­versity of Granada, Spain)

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research com­munity in an open, diverse and inter­na­tional work envir­on­ment
  • Sci­entific excel­lence and extens­ive pro­fes­sional net­work­ing oppor­tun­it­ies
  • The employ­ment con­tract is lim­ited to three years
  • Salary and social bene­fits in con­form­ity with the pro­vi­sions of the Col­lect­ive Agree­ment TVöD-Bund
  • 30 days of paid hol­i­day leave
  • Com­pany pen­sion scheme (VBL)
  • A good work/life bal­ance for which we offer assist­ance in the form of Pos­sib­il­ity to work part-time, Flex­ible work­ing hours and In-house health man­age­ment

How to apply:

Kindly sub­mit your com­pleted applic­a­tion (includ­ing cover let­ter, CV, dip­lo­mas/tran­scripts, etc.) only via our Online-applic­a­tion-sys­tem.