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The Institute for Mineralogy at the Faculty of Geosciences of the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate in Experimental Planetary Sciences (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level TV-L E 13)

for the externally funded project A05 – Chronology of lunar crust formation and its relation to the age of the Moon, part of the SFB-TRR 170 Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets, starting on 1. August 2024. We are offering a part-time position (75%) on a fixed-term basis until 31 December 2024.

The joint project combines petrological high-pressure experiments with numerical modelling of planetary processes.

The University of Münster is one of Germany’s leading research universities with a strong research record in geochemistry, petrology, and mineralogy. The institute is international and interdisciplinary. The project will be conducted using state-of-the-art high-pressure equipment (piston-cylinder apparatus, gas mixing furnaces) at the University of Münster, combined with a variety of in-house analytical techniques such as electron microprobe, XRD, LA-ICPMS, Raman and IR spectroscopy.

The institute is well equipped with a wide range of experimental and analytical instruments including modern FEG electron microprobe, SEM, TEM, 193 nm LA-ICPMS, TIMS, MC-ICPMS, PPMS, piston-cylinder apparatus, multi-anvil apparatus, hydrothermal apparatus and hightemperature gas mixing furnaces.

Your tasks:

  • The project at Münster will focus on the experimental investigation of the generation of lunar mare basalts.
  • In particular, the project will experimentally simulate the crystallization of the lunar magma ocean to better understand the trace element evolution of the Moon

Our expectations:

  • Applicants must hold a Master's (MSc) or an equivalent degree in Earth Sciences at the time of appointment.
  • In addition to a keen interest in experimental work, the successful candidate should have a strong background in petrology/geochemistry or mineralogy.
  • Experience with high-pressure experimental techniques or EPMA is desirable but not essential.
  • German skills are not required.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

For further information on the project, please contact S. Klemme. General information about the Institute for Mineralogy and the Faculty of Geo Sciences at the Univ.ersity of Münster can be found at:

Candidates should send a copy of their CV, a short letter of motivation, and the names and contact details, including e-mail addresses, of three potential referees to S. Klemme (stephan.klemme(at) in a single PDF file. Please send your application by 2024-07-19.

Reference number: 2024_06_30

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