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PhD position in Experimental Geochemistry / Petrology (m/f/x)

Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich


The Geochemistry group at LMU Munich specializes in igneous processes operating across the Earth lithosphere. Formation of CO2-rich magmatism, chemical melt differentiation and magma-rock interaction dynamics are investigated through high-pressure / high-temperature experimentation and computational petrology.


We are looking for you:

PhD position in Experimental Geochemistry / Petrology (m/f/x)

in Munich

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at LMU Munich invites applications for one PhD position in Experimental Geochemistry / Petrology. The project is funded by DFG as part of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program “DIVE” (drilling the Ivrea-Verbano zone).

  • The project aims to experimentally investigate the chemical differentiation pathways of CO2-rich alkaline magmas in trans-crustal magmatic systems such as the Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ).
  • The IVZ represents one of the most complete sections of the continental crust and based on petrological observations from recently recovered drill cores the prospective PhD candidate is expected to conduct high-pressure / high-temperature experiments to determine chemical re-equilibration dynamics between mantle-derived melts and lower crustal lithologies.
  • The recently launched high-pressure geochemistry laboratory at LMU is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment such as a piston-cylinder press and rapid-quench MHC-pressure vessels.

Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

  • We are seeking candidates with knowledge and interest in experimental geochemistry / petrology.
  • Experience in experimentation and analytical work of geomaterials is required including one or more of the following: piston-cylinder / multi-anvil / cold-seal pressure vessel, 1-atm gas mixing high- temperature furnace, geochemical analytical methods (e.g., EPMA, SIMS, SEM, FTIR, Raman).
  • Computational petrology and thermodynamic modelling skills are desirable.
  • Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree in Earth Sciences or in a relevant field.


The Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich is one of the most prestigious universities in Europe, counting over 50,000 students and sitting in the heart of Bavaria at the northern foot of the Alps. Our workplace is centrally located in Munich and is very easy to reach by public transport. Our team welcomes new members and we offer you a dynamic, international and academically stimulating environment. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer and committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty.

This project will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Daniel Weidendorfer and is funded by DFG (75% TV-L-13) for a fixed time period of 3 years with a probation period of 6 months.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applicants are asked to submit a complete set of application documents including a motivation letter (max two pages), CV, copies of B.Sc. and M.Sc. transcripts of record, and names and addresses of two referees to

Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.

For inquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Daniel Weidendorfer (E-Mail)

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