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)
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".
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.