Our vacancy for you:

»PhD position: Certification scheme development for mining projects and final products«

Position to occupy at

DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Location Essen

Contract Type

Master Thesis/Ph.D.

This is what you can expect

DMT GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) is part of the three-year Horizon Europe project “MaDiTraCe – Material and digital traceability for the certification of critical raw materials” that will start by the end of 2022. The international project team consists of universities, institutes and independent consulting companies. Within the project DMT focuses on the development of “CERA 4in1 – Certification of Raw Materials”, which is a standardized certification scheme for mineral raw materials. The CERA 4in1 system will ensure environmental, social and economic responsibility within the value chain of mineral raw materials from the exploration to refining and manufacturing until the final product. Furthermore, it focuses on the traceability of certified materials by using a combination of traceability technologies (chemical and digital) and accounting methods. The CERA 4in1 certification system consists of four sub-standards that look at different aspects but build on each other. One of the standards – the so-called CERA 4in1 Readiness Standard (CRS) – certifies the reports within the (pre-)investment phase, e.g. feasibility study. It defines binding sustainability criteria to be considered before the operating phase. Another standard – the so-called CERA 4in1 Final Product Standard (CFS) – sets out criteria for certification of consumer goods. It enables informed decision-making by consumers with a product label that indicates the assignment of the standard.

This PhD position covers he development of the CRS and CFS structure and systematics. The focus will be on the standard developments, the compatibility with other mineral resource reporting schemes and product certificates as well as the alignment with legislation. This is a “half-doctoral” position, in which you will spend half of your time on your PhD and the other half working for DMT. The PhD position begins preferably on the 1st of January 2023 and is based on a fixed-term contract for the duration of the project, until the end of 2025. An extension may be possible. Required working languages are English and German if possible.

This is what we expect

  • Completed master's degree in the field of mining, raw materials, IT, Business Administration or comparable studies, which meets the requirements of the respective university.
  • Relevant experience in mineral commodity/product certification, exploration and reservoir science
  • Knowledge of value chains of mineral raw materials starting from the exploitation through manufacture to the final product
  • Familiarity with national and international legislation regarding resource and reserve estimation (e.g. JORC) and with feasibility studies for exploration projects
  • Knowledge of sustainability in mining as well as of product certification
  • The ability to improvise to achieve objectives with minimal supervision
  • Good communication skills both spoken and written

Why you should choose us

  • Talent promotion and potential development for your future career path
  • Opportunity for permanent employment to be taken on after graduation
  • A modern and cooperative working environment
  • Flat hierarchies and an open-door policy
  • Flexible working time models
  • Interesting project work that allows you to develop professionally and take responsibility for your own work
  • Company health management and free beverages at the workplace


We look forward to receiving your application, indicating your salary expectations and earliest possible start date. Please apply online via the "apply online" button. The TÜV NORD GROUP is committed to diversity and equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, gender, disability, religion, ethnic or social background or sexual orientation. JobID: 2022DMT17859


Individual career planning and development, exciting challenges and a lot of room for creativity: This makes the working environment at the TÜV NORD GROUP special and allows us to provide excellent solutions for people, technology and the environment in more than 100 countries throughout the world. We act responsibly, combine sustainability, innovation and cooperativeness and appreciate diversity as a source of inspiration within our company. Come and join our team!

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