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PhD/PostDoc in clay mineralogy

at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Competence Center for Material Moisture


Within the framework of the BMWi-funded Sandwich Support Project 1(Sandwich-SP1) the swelling behavior of Ca-bentonites with Na-rich pore waters will be investigated from a mineralogical point of view. The Sandwich-SP1 is ajoint project of RUB and KIT in close cooperation with the international Sandwich Main Project (Sandwich HP). In the frame of the sandwich HP the hydraulic sandwich sealing system developed by KIT will be tested on a large scale in the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory (CH).
Within the scope of the activity, ion exchange and transport in mineral materials as well as the effect on geotechnical properties, such as swelling pressure, are to be investigated mineralogically and geochemically. Among other things, μCT experiments are to be designed and carried out for this purpose.

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

You have a university degree (Diplom (Uni)/Master) in geosciences, geoecology, chemistry or a comparable course of study. If applicable, you have completed an outstanding doctorate. A sound knowledge of mineralogy or chemistry as well as a very good written and spoken command of English is required. We expect a strong interest in experimental and analytical work. Documenting, presenting and publishing scientific results is your strength.
Experience in the fields of geotechnics, clay mineralogy, analytics and geochemistry would be an advantage.
Participation in this international project requires excellent intercultural, networking, organisational and conflict resolution skills.


1 PhD/PostDoc (m/f/d) (75-100%)


Complete applications must include a curriculum vitae and contact details of two referees familiar with the academic ability of the candidate, and should be emailed to: Ms. Prof. Dr. K. Emmerich (

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