Freie Universität Berlin - Fachbereich Physik - Institut für Experimentalphysik
Research assistant (praedoc) (m/f/d)
with 65%-part-time job
limited to 3 years
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU
Reference code: Freigeist-PhD
We offer a research assistant position in the “Experimental Biophysics and Space Sciences” group in the Physics Department of Freie Universität Berlin. The position is part of the project 'Finding Life', funded by the Freigeist program of the Volkswagen Foundation, and focuses on how we can potentially detect life on another planet. Within the framework of the project, it is planned to mimic exotic planetary and atmospheric conditions in the laboratory in order to study their impact on the stability of spectroscopic signatures of potential biomarkers and molecules, which are associated to life. The project is embedded in international collaborations with partner in Europe and the US, and it is linked to projects on an outside exposure platform on the International Space Station in order to investigate the molecular stability of biosignatures in space. We offer a creative and inspiring environment for experimental approaches and interesting research in the fields of planetary and biophysics, astrochemistry, planetary and space sciences. Moreover, we highly encourage the development of new ideas and projects and provide opportunities to do so.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the fields of biophysics, astrophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. A main task of the project is the design, planning and realisation of experiments for simulating planetary conditions in the laboratory; therefore, we envisage a significant portion of the time being spent working in the laboratory. The selected candidate will analyse, present (conferences) and publish (peer-reviewed literature) spectroscopic and mass-spectrometric data from the planetary simulations. Due to the international links and collaborations, it is required to plan, conduct and synchronise experiments with project partners, which will include interactions with the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC/ESA) and NASA Ames Research Center.
The third-party funded research project provides the opportunity to conduct doctoral degree.
Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or related disciplines.
Ability, interest and experience to work in an interdisciplinary research field
Very good English language skills
Strong motivation, ability to work independently as well as in a team
Experimental experience, in particular, spectroscopic and microscopic methods
All applications (including a CV, record of academic degree, a letter of motivation and research interests, and a reference letter) quoting the reference code should be directed preferably electronically in one PDF-file no later than October 19th, 2020 to Mr. Andreas Elsäßer: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Experimentalphysik
Herrn Dr. Andreas Elsäßer
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
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