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Location: Potsdam, Germany
Type: Full Time
Salary: E13 TVöD Bund
Internal Number: 6323
The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
As a partner in Geo.X, the GFZ has access to an excellent network of other geoscience institutions in Potsdam and Berlin. This largest regional concentration of geoscientific competence in Europe offers first-class cooperation and development opportunities.
For section 3.1 "Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry", we are looking for a:
Postdoctoral researcher (f_m_x) – Reactive Transport Modelling of Sediment Hosted Base Metal DepositsReference Number 6323
New sources of strategic metals such as copper and zinc are required to facilitate the energy transition. Some of the highest value base metal resources are hosted by fine-grained siliciclastic (± carbonate) rocks. Many genetic models for these deposits suggest that ore stage sulfide minerals form via mineral replacement reactions, which requires the movement of low temperature (< 300 °C) fluids through fine-grained siliciclastic host rocks. The pore space in these units is complex, due to a combination of depositional and diagenetic processes. In sediment hosted mineral systems, we need to fully characterize pore scale mineralogical processes to understand how non-linear feedbacks result in mass fluxes that are capable of producing ore grade mineralization. In this project we will seek to simulate key processes with input data from field and lab-based projects on Zn and Cu deposits in Australia, Canada and Germany.
This project will be a joint initiative of GFZ’s Section 3.1 ”Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry“ (Prof. Dr. S. Gleeson, Dr. Joe Magnall) and Section 3.4 “Fluid Systems Modelling”(Prof. Dr. Michael Kühn). It will contribute to the Helmholtz Association’s program-oriented funding scheme under Topic 8 “Georesources for the Energy Transition and a High-Tech Society”.