An organic geochemist who graduated in the Hinrichs Lab is a modern interdisciplinary scientist who has acquired fundamental expertise in analytical organic chemistry and isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry, paleoenvironmental sciences, natural products, oceanography, and science communication. Our graduates have learned to communicate with geologists, biologists and chemists and have thus a wide scope with respect to their future career perspectives. Organic geochemistry has its roots in petroleum geochemistry and petroleum companies continue to hire graduates with background in our discipline. Other areas in the job market for our graduates include environmental consulting, manufacturers of analytical instrumentation, forensics, and of course research careers in academia.
Members of the Hinrichs Lab are involved in both undergraduate and graduate education at the Department of Geosciences. Our core lectures cover both theory and lab courses in Organic Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry at both the Bachelors and Masters level. Several chemists of the Hinrichs Lab team also teach Introductory Organic Chemistry for Geoscientists. At the Masters level, Kai-Uwe Hinrichs contributes to the Research Seminar that prepares Master students for their thesis projects.