The Bayerisches Geoinstitut invites applications for Ph.D. studentships in the fields of experimental and theoretical geosciences.

The main aim of the institute is to investigate the structure, composition and processes occurring in the interiors of the Earth and other planets, primarily through experiments performed at high pressures and temperatures. Research topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • physical and chemical properties of mantle minerals
  • crystal structure of minerals at high pressure
  • phase transitions and phase equilibria
  • reaction kinetics
  • rheology and textural evolution during high-strain deformation
  • properties of silicate liquids
  • chemical and physical processes of planetary core formation

The institute offers a unique range of state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities. Further information about the current research and facilities can be found on our web-pages.

Ph.D. students will be supported by external funding by staff scientists listed below. Accordingly, a potential applicant for a Ph.D. studentship should contact one of the staff scientists to discuss topics for his/her thesis research and financial plans.

Prof. Dr. Tomoo Katsura
Prof. Dr. Hans Keppler
Prof. Dr. Dan Frost
Prof. Dr. Leonid Dubrovinsky
Prof. Dr. Dave Rubie
Prof. Dr. Audrey Bouvier
Prof. Dr. Gregor Golabek
Dr. Catherine McCammon
Dr. Andreas Audétat
Dr. Tiziana Boffa Ballaran
Dr. Nobuyoshi Miyajima
Dr. Gerd Steinle-Neumann

Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Deutschland
Tel: +49-(0) 921 55 3700 / 3766, Fax: +49-(0) 921 55 3769, E-mail: bayerisches.geoinstitut(at)