Hello, my name is Achim Schaller. 

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I'm currently working on my master's degree in the field of Applied Geosciences at the MLU (Germany), focusing on applied and technical mineralogy, economic geology and general geology. Apart from that, I'm an information technology and outdoor enthusiast.

Current research interests: Crystal chemistry of oxygen-deficient manganese perovskites, LDH phases (esp. AFm phases, cement hydration products) and materials research with CT.


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I'm adaptive, ambitious, reliable, accurate, organized and capable of getting projects done - even under pressure.

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I'm able to communicate effectively - regardless of whether it is vocally, written or through visual aids.

German / English / Spanish (basics)

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As a technology enthusiast I have the ability to become acquainted with new software in a quick and efficient way.

Office Suites / LaTeX / GIMP / CorelDraw / Inkscape / Origin / QtiPlot / VESTA / X'Pert High Score (Plus) / TOPAS / PhreeqC / VG Studio MAX

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Field methods: record outcrops and drill cores, geological mapping and structural geological field work.

GPS supported mapping / intelligent mapping / measuring and recording complex structures / aerial and satellite photograph interpretation

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I have a good amount of laboratory work experience in the field of applied geosciences and technical mineralogy.

Synthesis of LDH phases / glovebox / cleanroom environments / sample preparation for XRD and XRF / mineral separation / cement and concrete test methods

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(Ambient / non-ambient) X-ray diffraction (XRD) and computed tomography (CT) are my main and most used methods for material analysis.

Hands-on experiences with: IC / GC / TG / XRF / SEM / ICP-AES / ICP-MS / NMR / petrographical thin section microscopy / microscopy of refractory materials

undergraduate research assistant

I worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute of Geosciences and Geography (MLU), department Mineralogy and Geochemistry (01/2013 - 12/2014) as well as in the department General Geology (12/2011 - 06/2015).


Siemens and VDO Automotive (Germany)


Internships at Siemens AG (SPE) and VDO Auto­mo­tive AG / Continental AG (Regensburg, Germany).

Metal working, electrical engineering, microtechnology, office work.
Landesamt fuer Umwelt (Deutschland, Bayern)


Bavarian State Office for Ecology, Dept. Soil- and Rock-Analysis (Markt­red­witz, Germany).

Sample preparation, soil physics, XRF/ICP-MS/ICP-AES analytics.
PANalytical (The Netherlands)


Two month stay at PANalytical's headquarter (Almelo, The Netherlands).

Application / method development for PANalytical's CT solution.

Due to these internships I was able to get a good amount of hands-on experience in the industry and the field of analytics.


Through my position as undergraduate research assistant I had the possibility to tutor Principles of Geology, Geological Field Methods, Structural Geology (incl. aerial and satellite photograph interpretation) and Applied Micropaleontology (laboratory work). Learning how to pass on information to others highly improved my communication skills.

Sounds good to you?

I'm always interested in  career opportunities in the industry  (e.g. cement / ceramics / analytics) or exploration geology and as well as in teaming up for scientific projects!

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Drop me an email if you want to work with me or if you are interested in an extended CV. Thanks.

contact@achimschaller.de contact@achimschaller.de

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Teaser image

Transparent Al (dark grey) and Ca (grey) coordination polyhedras of α-Monochloride (monoclinic, space group C2/c) seen along the c-axis (only a cutout from the unit cell).

Drawn with VESTA after lattice parameters from Terzis, A., Filippakis, S., Kuzel, H.-J. and Burzlaff, H. (1987): The crystal structure of Ca2Al(OH)6Cl ⋅ 2H2O. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, 181, 29-34.

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Background pattern (section "work") taken from Subtle Patterns.


Siemens, VDO Automotive, Landesamt für Umwelt, PANalytical