Postdoctoral Position: Organic Isotope Geochemistry, University of Bremen, Germany

The joint German-South African interdisciplinary BMBF-funded project Regional Archives for Integrated Investigations (RAiN) is advertising a 2-year position for a motivated postdoctoral researcher in the field of Organic Isotope Geochemistry and Paleo-Climatology at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at the University of Bremen. The successful candidate will reconstruct Holocene hydrological and vegetation changes in south-eastern Africa from marine and terrestrial archives using compound-specific isotope analyses. Linkages to oceanic circulation changes should be examined by reconstructing ocean temperatures. The postdoctoral researcher will strongly cooperate with national and international project partners working with dating techniques, inorganic geochemistry, and palynology and prepare manuscripts for scientific publications. Presentations at workshops and conferences and participation in field campaigns are expected.


  • Ph.D. in Earth science, geosciences, geochemistry, or related fields
  • Experience in organic geochemical laboratory methods and compound-specific isotopic analyses
  • Knowledge of atmospheric and biological isotope fractionation processes
  • Strong English communication skills and proficiency in writing

Starting date: July 2016

Duration: 24 months

Salary and benefits are commensurate with the federal German employee scale TV-L 13.

To Apply: Applications should include a CV, copies of relevant documents, publications, a statement describing research interests and experience, and contact information for two referees. Please only provide copies, as documents cannot be returned and will be destroyed after the application process. Applications and inquiries should be sent to Dr. Enno Schefuss, Position is listed under position code A83/16

Deadline: May 20, 2016

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons. Applications from people with migration backgrounds are also explicitly encouraged.

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