PhD Studentships at Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany


5 PhD Studentships, within the International Research Training Group
"Deep Earth Volatile Cycles" at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Starting dates are flexible from April 1st 2016.  A further 7 PhD positions will be available in 2017.

PhD studentships of 3 years duration are available (5 positions in 2016, 7 in 2017) within the framework of the International Research Training Group "Deep Earth Volatile Cycles" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This collaborative research effort between the Bayerisches Geoinstitut at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and the Department of Earth Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan, will study the cycling of volatile elements through the deep interior of the Earth. Using mainly experimental and computational methods the overarching goal of the group is to quantify how volatile elements (principally carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen) are transported, stored and expelled from the interior as a result of plate tectonic processes.

Doctoral researchers will be given in-depth training in modern experimental and/or modelling techniques employed in solid Earth geosciences, while pursuing independent research into geochemical and geophysical aspects of the internal volatile cycle. Researchers will have significant freedom to choose and shape their projects and as part of their studies they will also spend between 6 to 12 months at Tohoku University. Both universities are equipped with excellent experimental (high pressure and temperature), analytical and computational facilities. In addition to pursuing their own projects, doctoral researchers will attend lectures, short courses and seminars in which leading international experts will participate.

Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a strong quantitative background in either Earth Sciences, material sciences, physics, chemistry, or a related field. Applications from persons with disabilities will be given preference when all other qualifications are equal. The University of Bayreuth is an equal opportunity employer and especially encourages female applicants. Funds in support of gender equality and family friendly measures will be available. The operating language of the research and training group is English.

Applications should be written in English and include a cover letter, a CV, the names of two referees, a one page motivation letter that includes a statement of research interests, and copies of degree certificates and transcripts. These files should be combined into a single pdf-file and sent by email to Dan Frost ( Further information on the Bayerisches Geoinstitut can be found at