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PhD student positions in ecohydrology (bivalve sclerochronology), University of Mainz & Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

The Institute of Geosciences (Paleontology group) at the University of Mainz, Germany, invites applications for a PhD student position (temporary appointment) in ecohydrology. This position (PhD 1) is part of the research project 'MUSES – Freshwater pearl mussels as stream water stable isotope recorders', jointly conducted between the ‘Catchment and eco-hydrology’ (CAT) research group at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Belvaux, Luxembourg, and the INCREMENTS team at the University of Mainz, Germany. PhD 2 will be conducted by Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Within the MUSES project, two complementary PhD positions are advertised:

PhD 1 – ‘Freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) as faithful δ18Owater recorders’ at the University of Mainz, supervision by Prof. Bernd R. Schöne

PhD 2 – ‘Bedrock geology controls on catchment sensitivity and resilience to climate change’ at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology / University of Luxembourg, supervision by Prof. Laurent Pfister. 

Application Deadline: 1 May 2021 for PhD 1, 31 May 2021 for PhD 2

More information on PhD 1 can be found here.

More information on PhD 2 can be found here.

Two senior researchers and two post-doctoral fellows at Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden is the Dutch national research institute for biodiversity and systematics. With our collection of 42 million specimens (one of the world's largest), and our state-of-the-art research facilities we offer the (inter)national research infrastructure for species, identification and monitoring (for example in the ARISE and DiSSCo projects).

Naturalis is looking to expand its scientific staff with two (senior) researchers and two post-doctoral fellows for 36 hours per week (or part thereof).

We are seeking four ambitious, enthusiastic, innovative scientists to strengthen our research capacity and multidisciplinary lines of research. We provide a vibrant environment organised in 9 research groups, and provide access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and the 42 million natural history objects in our collection. At Naturalis you will get the opportunity to develop your research career, to cooperate with inspiring colleagues and to teach at Dutch universities. 

As a (senior) researcher, you are challenged to develop your leadership skills and to set up your own line of research. You will be expected to acquire project funding for new research, participate in outreach activities and mentor new researchers. For postdocs this is an opportunity to pioneer their own research line within the context of one or more research groups. They will spend part of their time on the acquisition of research funding.

Application deadline is 19 April 2021.

More information can be found here.

PhD position in Micropaleontology / Geochemistry / Paleoclimatology

The Sedimentology and Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics Group within the Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position in Micropaleontology / Geochemistry / Paleoclimatology. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to test for the occurrence or absence of hyperthermal events in the Maastrichtian and their potential effects on marine ecosystems in order to obtain a mechanistic understanding of greenhouse climates. The study will be based on sediment cores from the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans that have been recovered in the framework of International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions. Methodologically, the project will depend on foraminiferal geochemistry (notably stable isotopes and Mg/Ca), XRF core scanning, and wt% CaCO3 analyses. The obtained results will be integrated with other paleoclimatic proxy data available for the study interval, ultimately providing both qualitative and quantitative information on climate and ecosystem dynamics during the Maastrichtian greenhouse climate.

Requirements for applicants are completion of a MSc degree in geosciences or a closely related discipline prior to appointment, and written and spoken fluency in English. The successful candidate should further have a strong background in micropaleontology (preferably foraminifera), geochemistry and paleoclimatology. The work will be conducted at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany. The appointment is for three years. Salary and social security benefits are according to a German civil service position (75 % E13 TV-L).

Application deadline is April 10, 2021.

More information can be found here.

For international job listings in paleontology, you may also want to visit The PaleoNet Pages.

The Deutsche Museumsbund posts job openings specific to the field of museums and collections in Germany.


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