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RWTH Aachen - Institute for Applied Mineralogy and Economic Geology

The rese­arch activi­ties of the App­lied Mine­ra­logy and Eco­no­mic Geo­logy Rese­arch Group focus on quan­ti­ta­tive under­stan­ding of the geo­che­mi­cal pro­ces­ses of crus­tal fluid flow and fluid-rock inter­ac­tion, and their impact on for­ma­tion of world-class hydro­ther­mal metal ore depo­sits, the meta­mor­phic evo­lu­tion of oro­ge­nic belts, and the for­ma­tion of shal­low-crus­tal level igne­ous intrusi­ons. This rese­arch com­bi­nes quan­ti­ta­tive field stu­dies with state-of-the-art micro­ana­ly­ti­cal methods such as fluid inclu­sion ana­ly­sis and major and trace ele­ment ana­ly­sis of mine­rals, nume­ri­cal mode­ling of geo­che­mi­cal reac­tions and fluid flow, and expe­ri­men­tal stu­dies of metal solu­b­i­lity and com­plexa­tion in hydro­ther­mal fluids.

Research Assistant (m/w/d)

Work­ing field:

Pro­ject title: "Chlo­rine-bro­mine-iodine sys­te­ma­tics as tracer of fluid and metal sources in Sn-W mine­ra­li­zed mag­ma­tic-hydro­ther­mal sys­tems."
Gra­nite-hosted Sn-W ore sys­tems are increa­singly reco­gni­zed for their cri­ti­cal metal poten­tial (e.g. Li, Be, Ga, Nb, Ta and In), but many aspects of their for­ma­tion remain poorly unders­tood. This pro­ject seeks to deve­lop a novel Cl-Br-I tracer tool to bet­ter cons­train fluid and metal sources in Sn-W ore sys­tems from early mag­ma­tic to late mag­ma­tic-hydro­ther­mal sta­ges. This will be done in an inte­gra­ted study com­pri­sing field work and sam­pling in Sou­thwest Eng­land in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the Natu­ral History Museum, Lon­don, as well as ana­ly­ti­cal work at RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen. The ana­ly­ti­cal work will com­prise LA-ICP-MS fluid inclu­sion micro­ana­ly­sis, fluid inclu­sion Raman spec­tro­scopy as well as elec­tron micro­probe ana­ly­sis and com­bus­tion ion chro­ma­to­gra­phy of gra­ni­tic rocks and mine­ral sepa­ra­tes.
This pro­ject is part of the DFG prio­rity pro­gram "Dyna­mics of Ore Metals Enrich­ment - DOME".

Require­ments:

Can­di­da­tes should have a degree (Mas­ter or com­pa­ra­ble) and a back­ground in geo­che­mi­stry and petro­logy and a strong rese­arch inte­rest in mag­ma­tic-hydro­ther­mal ore depo­sit sys­tems as well as modern micro­ana­ly­ti­cal tech­ni­ques. The can­di­date is expec­ted to become acquain­ted with state-of-the-art ana­ly­ti­cal faci­li­ties and to con­duct inde­pen­dent labo­ra­tory work, and any rele­vant prior expe­ri­ence in this area will be con­si­de­red bene­fi­cial. An excel­lent com­mand of writ­ten and spo­ken Eng­lish is expec­ted, as the study results will be pre­sen­ted at inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces and are to be published in high ran­king sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals.

What we of­fer:

The posi­tion is 3 years and is to be fil­led by Octo­ber 15, 2020. This is a part-time posi­tion (75% of the stan­dard wee­kly hours for full-time employees).

The suc­cess­ful can­di­date has the oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue a doc­to­ral degree.

The salary cor­re­sponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the Ger­man public ser­vice salary scale (TV-L).

RWTH is a cer­ti­fied family-fri­endly Uni­ver­sity. We sup­port our employees in main­tai­ning a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advi­sing, and pre­ven­tion ser­vices, for example uni­ver­sity sports. We also offer a com­pre­hen­sive con­ti­nuing edu­ca­tion scheme and a public trans­por­ta­tion ticket avail­able at a signi­fi­cantly redu­ced price. RWTH is an equal oppor­tu­nities employer. We the­re­fore wel­come and encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons from all sui­ta­bly qua­li­fied can­di­da­tes, par­ti­cu­larly from groups that are under­re­p­re­sen­ted at the Uni­ver­sity. All qua­li­fied app­li­cants will receive con­si­de­ra­tion for employ­ment and will not be discri­mi­na­ted against on the basis of natio­nal or eth­nic ori­gin, sex, sexual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity, reli­gion, disa­bi­lity or age. RWTH is stron­gly com­mit­ted to encou­ra­ging women in their care­ers. Female app­li­cants are given pre­fe­rence if they are equally sui­ta­ble, com­pe­tent, and pro­fes­sio­nally qua­li­fied, unless a fel­low can­di­date is favo­red for a spe­ci­fic rea­son. As RWTH is com­mit­ted to equa­lity of oppor­tu­nity, we ask you not to include a photo in your app­li­ca­tion. You can find infor­ma­tion on the per­so­nal data we collect from app­li­cants in accordance with Arti­cles 13 and 14 of the European Union's Gene­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Regu­la­tion (GDPR) at http://www.rwth-aachen.de/dsgvo-information-bewerbung.

How to ap­ply:

If you have any ques­ti­ons, please con­tact
Dr. Tobias Fuss­win­kel
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80 95768
Email: tobias.fusswinkel@emr.rwth-aachen.de

Please send your app­li­ca­tion by Sep­tem­ber 15, 2020 to
Bet­tina Noll
Insti­tute of App­lied Mine­ra­logy and Eco­no­mic Geo­logy
RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­sity
Wuell­ner­strasse 2
D-52062 Aachen, Ger­many

App­li­cants are invi­ted to sub­mit their app­li­ca­ti­ons via email to bettina.noll@emr.rwth-aachen.de. For data pro­tec­tion rea­sons, howe­ver, we recom­mend sen­ding app­li­ca­ti­ons via mail.