PhD position (f/m), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Geosciences

The International Research Training Network Metal-Aid funded by the European Commission invites applications at the Institute for Applied Geosciences, limited to three years, for a:
PhD position (f/m)
Project description:
In Metal-Aid, we will develop new technologies to decontaminate soil and groundwater through fundamental knowledge. The research network consists of 6 universities, 4 consulting companies and a government agency in Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Britain and Germany. The overall research questions include: „Can we develop materials that can be injected into contaminated aquifer or soils, that can immobilise or degrade the contaminants in situ, to avoid having to remove and treat the water or soil?“, „Can we understand the molecular level processes that control the behaviour of contaminants and our remediation materials in a way that allows us to design new and better materials?“, „Can we learn from natural analogues?“, „What conditions are optimal for injections?“, and „What can be predicted about the long term effectiveness?“
The Metal-Aid network will recruit 14 Early Stage Researchers. One of the PhD positions will be offered by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and one by our local partner ARCADIS. For more information, please visit our job ad on the Euraxess Website: Further details on Metal Aid are available at
Job description:
The PhD project at KIT will focus on the interaction of heavy metals with Fe oxides as green rust (GR) transforms. The overarching goal is to understand the affinity and mechanism of metal uptake by transformed (known and new) GR types and to develop a predictive tool for metal uptake by Fe oxides and their mobility in porous media.
We expect you to be competent in chemistry, mineralogy or environmental sciences. An interest in materials and their interactions in nature is important. Facility in English is required because there will be considerable travel for meetings and secondments at the partner institutions. The candidate must have, or soon receive, a degree that permits him/her to enter a PhD program (e.g. Master degree). The applicant must not have a PhD or more than 4 year research experience. The aim of the EC grant is to promote mobility in Europe so the candidate must not have lived in Germany more than 12 months during the past 3 years. All researchers will be registered for a PhD program.
Salary: The salary is based on the collective agreement in the civil service salary group E 13 TV-L.
Starting date: The position will be filled over summer and work will start in late summer or fall 2016.
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.
Applications must include:
  • a cover letter including a short statement about your research interests and a statement explaining why you would like to join us and what you have to offer the Metal-Aid project
  • your CV
  • names and contact information for 3 references
  • copies of relevant certificates
Please send your application documents until June 15th, 2016 by email to: For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Neumann, email:
KIT – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association
How to apply:
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phone: +49 721 608 44279
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