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Your contact for any questions you may have about the job:

Dr. phil. Axel Horst
Email: axel.horst@ufz.d

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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry is offering at the earliest possible date (but not later than March 1st 2021) a MSc thesis topic. The aim is to investigate isotope effects during photolysis of chloromethanes (CH3Cl and CH3Br) which is the main degradation process in the stratosphere. These two compounds are both the largest natural contributors of halogens in the stratosphere where they cause depletion of the ozone layer. The budget of both compounds is highly uncertain with about 20% of the sources not being known. Isotopic methods may help to improve budget estimates but before isotopic methods can be fully used, all sources and degradation processes (such as photolysis) need to be isotopically characterized.

Master thesis (m/f/x) - "Isotope effects in ozone-depleting methyl halides due to photolysis”

Full-time, according to university requirements, the project can take 6 to 9 months

Your tasks:

  • Modification of an existing experimental setup and execution of gas phase photolysis experiments
  • measurement of isotope effects of stable H, C, Cl and Br isotopes in CH3Br and CH3Cl in samples obtained from photolysis experiments
  • Data evaluation and interpretation

Your profile:

  • You should be enrolled at a University program in chemistry (environmental/analytical), environmental science or similar
  • You should be motivated to learn about isotopic methods and concepts and apply them by yourself under supervision
  • Sufficiently good communication skills in English

We offer:

  • A close and good care
  • Exciting insights into the work of a leading institute
  • Excellent technical facilities, which are without parallel
  • Work in interdisciplinary, multinational teams
  • The possibility to introduce your own ideas and impulses from the beginning