Apl. Prof. Dr. Sabine Klein


  • 2016 Appointment as adjunct Professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum, university status: professor
  • 2014 Appointment as adjunct Professor at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, university status: research associate
  • 2008 Bestowal of the Venia Legendi in FB 11 Geosciences / Geography as Privatdozentin, habilitation in the subjects Mineralogy and Archaeometry (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • 1997-2001 Master studies in Pre- and Early History (Goethe-University Frankfurt), without degree
  • 1992 Doctorate in Mineralogy (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • 1987 Diploma in Mineralogy (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • 1981-1987 Study of Mineralogy (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • 1981 Abitur Einhard-Gymnasium Seligenstadt (Hessen)



  • Since 10/2016 head of the research field "Archaeometallurgy" at the DMT - Gesellschaft für Lehre und Bildung mbH (Society for teaching and education) Bochum
  • 2010-2016 Research associate and coordinator of the Bachelor's minor in Archaeometry at Goethe University, 50% at the Institute of Geosciences, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 2009-2011 Teacher for chemistry at Karl-Rehbein-Gymnasium Hanau
  • 2009-2010 Research Associate, 50%, in the Dean's Office of the Department of Geosciences / Geography (Geo-Agentur), Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 2004-2009 Research Associate, 50% at the Institute of Mineralogy (today the Institute of Geosciences), Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 1999-2004 Research grant holder at the DFG, Institute of Mineralogy, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 1997-1999 Postdoc, 50%, in the graduate's school "Archaeological Analysis" at the Institute of Mineralogy, Goethe University Frankfurt: Analyses of Roman Coins (DFG)
  • 1996-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Research project: "Cosmelting of Oxide and Sulfide Ores of Copper and Arsenic to Produce Arsenic Bronze." Scholarship of the Volkswagen Foundation
  • 1988-1995 Research associate, 50%, Institute of Geochemistry, Petrology and Mineralogical Engineering, Goethe University Frankfurt


Professional Practical Training

  • Two-month internship in the X-ray laboratory at Degussa AG Hanau during diploma study
  • Implementation of the dokimasia as part of the diploma thesis at the Precious Metal Laboratory of Degussa AG in Hanau (today Umicore AG & Co.KG)


Temporary employment abroad

  • 1996-1997 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Centre for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CAMRAE)
  • 1995-1996 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, ehem. NBS), Gaithersburg, MD, USA
  • 1989 University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Geological Institute, Laboratory for Optical Emission Spectrometry. Six-week research stay


Evaluatory occupations

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) - Funding Applications, Research Units
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Research grants
  • Aquin – Accreditation procedures
  • Reviewer for various journals like Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Journal of Archaeological Science, Mineralium Deposita, European Journal of Mineralogy a.o.
  • Associate Editor for Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (Springer)




  • “Consulting Scholar”, Near East Section of University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (Penn Museum), Philadelphia, PA, USA


  • Member of the Leibnitz graduate school RITaK, Bochum – Raw materials, innovation and technology of old crops
  • Chairman of the Working Group "Archäometrie und Denkmalpflege" (Archaeometry and Historic Preservation) of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG) from 2006-2011
  • Member of the Board of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG) from 2006-2011
  • Co-opted member of the board of the Society of Natural Archaeology - Archaeometry (GNAA) from 2006-2011
  • Member of appointment committees at the Department of Geosciences / Geography
  • Participation in various university committees as representatives of the students or scientific staff (Convention of the University, Faculty Council, Directorate)


Public lectures, events for schools, industry contacts etc.

  • Supervision of student interns
  • Supervision of pupils within the framework of Girls Day (Goethe University Frankfurt)
  • Introductory lecture in the context of Girls Day (Goethe University Frankfurt) on the topic of raw materials in mobile phones
  • Public evening lectures at Heraeus Holding GmbH, Goldschmiedehaus Hanau
  • Industry excursion to Umicore AG & Co. KG


Memberships in scientific associations

  • German Mineralogical Society (DMG)
  • Society for Natural Archaeology - Archaeometry (GNAA) - Founding Member
  • Historical Metallurgy Society (resigned)


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