An­ge­bot 97 von 105 vom 21.09.2020, 00:00


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

Work­ing field:

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.

Job descrip­tion:

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

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact Mr. Dr. Andreas Elsaesser ( +49 30 838 59199).

How to ap­ply:

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: or postal to

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Physik
Insti­tut für Exper­i­ment­al­physik
Herrn Dr. Andreas Elsäßer
Arn­im­al­lee 14
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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