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Helm­holtz-Zen­trum Dres­den-Ros­sen­dorf e.V.

With cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, around 1,500 employees from more than 70 nations at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) are committed to mastering the great challenges facing society today.

The Institute of Resource Ecology performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials.

The Department of Thermodynamics of Actinides is looking for a

PhD Student (f/m/d) Spectro-microscopic investigation of actinide migration


In the second year, it is possible to increase working hours to 75%.

Working field:

As part of the BMBF-funded joint project "SPIEG3L", is to investigate the transport of trivalent actinides and lanthanides in natural rocks using spectro-microscopic methods.

  • Column experiments to quantify the transport
  • Sample preparation of the columns post mortem for spectromicroscopy
  • Spatially resolved spectroscopy to elucidate the relationship between retention and chemical environment at the molecular level
  • Presentation of scientific results at conferences, workshops and in scientific publications


  • Completed university studies (Master/Diploma) in the field of chemistry, physics or related field
  • Basic knowledge in the field of optics, especially microscopy
  • Experience and knowledge in the field of spectroscopy
  • Knowledge of actinide chemistry and handling radionuclides/actinides
  • Willingness to work in controlled areas and handle open radionuclides
  • Very good written and spoken English; knowledge of German is an advantage

What we offer:

  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment
  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities
  • A structured PhD program with a comprehensive range of continuing education and networking opportunities - more information about the PhD program at the HZDR can be found here
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment, mobile working and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • Employee discounts with well-known providers via the platform Corporate Benefits
  • An employer subsidy for the "Deutschland-Ticket Jobticket"

How to apply:

We look forward to receiving your application documents (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.), which you can submit via our online-application-system: