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The Institute of Geology and Palaeontology in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level E 13 TV-L, 65%)

commencing on 1 August 2024. We are offering a fixed-term part-time position (65% FTE) for 3 years. Full-time employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester.

Your tasks:

  • Work towards a doctorate on the topic of effect-directed analysis of polycyclic aromatic compounds in the environment by use of GC-APLI-MS and ecotoxicological tests
  • Publication of academic publications
  • Independent teaching in the study courses related to geo- and water sciences particularly in the fields of environmental analysis and geology
  • Support for BSc and MSc students
  • General laboratory work
  • General tasks related to the organization and academic self-administration within the working group of applied geology

Our expectations:

  • An MSc or German Diplom in the field of Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or related field
  • Knowledge of and in best case experience with gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Knowledge of environmental pollutants
  • Good written and spoken English, at least basic knowledge of German
  • The ability to work in a team, communication skills, an independent working style

Advantages for you:

  • Working in a friendly, open-minded team with open-door policy
  • Support by technical and administrative staff
  • Appreciation, engagement, openness and respect – these values are important to us
  • Support from the Münster Centre for Emerging Researchers
  • The University’s offerings related to culture, health and fitness facilitate good worklife balance
  • )The chance to enjoy the City of Münster, one of the most liveable cities in the world (winner of the LivCom Award 2004)

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Christine Achten (

Are you interested? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application including CV and degree certificates electronically, in a single PDF file, by

University of Münster

Institute of Geology and Palaeontology

c/o Judith Wegener

Please note that we cannot consider other file formats

Reference number: 2024_05_07

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