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The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an excellent and integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. Its activities cover and tightly link the fields of collection-based research, development of collections and public engagement with science.

Position: research assistant (Postdoc) (m/f/d)
work schedule: Full-time
Duration: External funding, at the earliest possible date until 31.12.2023
Entgeltgruppe: E 13 TV-L
reference number: 16/2020

Project description:

The trans-regional collaborative research centre “Late Accretion onto Terrestrial Planets (TRR 170)” funded by the German Science Foundation investigates the late growth history of terrestrial planets. The interdisciplinary research program covers the evolution of the Earth-Moon system from the last giant collisions between planetary embryos (formation of the Moon) to the terminal phase of late bombardment, approximately 3.8 billion years ago, when the last large impact basins were formed. The program also provides a broad, interdisciplinary, planetary science education (graduate school with lectures on scientific writing, proposal writing, presenting) for doctoral students.


The project aims at evaluating the consequences of giant impact events on Earth and Moon with respect to the thermochemical evolution of theses bodies. The goal is to quantify the amount of impact-generated melt and its distribution to determine the extent and thickness of the resulting lunar and terrestrial magma oceans. In addition, melting of the Earth’s crust and mantle as a consequence of the Moon-forming event shall be quantified. For systematic numerical modelling studies, the iSALE shock physics code ( will be used.


Closed Master degree in planetology and/or earth sciences; knowledge and experience in the implementation of scientific projects; advanced knowledge in the simulation of (geo) dynamic processes; programming knowledge in Fortran or C; basic knowledge in Linux; experience in hydrocode modeling would be desirable; interdisciplinary communication skills; professional written and verbal communication in English.

    Special Notes:

    For more information, please contact Kai Wünnemann (MfN), Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science (

    In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

    We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 05.04.2020, preferably via our online application portal.
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