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2 x PhD positions in Paleolimnology, University of Bern - Bern, Switzerland

2 x PhD positions in Paleolimnology, University of Bern - Bern, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland
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Two fully funded PhD positions (3-4 years) are open for enthusiastic young researchers to work in the Paleolimnology research group at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research www.oeschger.unibe.ch & Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland http://www.geography.unibe.ch/research/paleolimnology_group/index_eng.html.

Supervisor/mentor: Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre & Institute of Geography.
Salary: PhD Fellowships 47,000 - 50,000 CHF p.a., Postdoc 87,750 - 91,650 CHF p.a.
The positions are available from March 1, 2022 or earlier, negotiable.
Description
The project will explore biogeochemical responses of small and deep lakes to events of Rapid Climate Change (Dansgaard-Oeschger Events, MIS-5e) across Europe (N-S transect, W-E Transect) and NE China. The focus is on the dynamic interplay between primary productivity, hypolimnetic anoxia and related chemical feedbacks (internal P, Fe and Mn cycling) as responses to rapid climate and vegetation changes. (Varved) sediments from a large number of lakes will be investigated using chronological (varve counting, 14C AMS), sedimentological and biogeochemical methods including μXRF, hyperspectral imaging (VNIR), HPLC (analysis of sedimentary pigments), sequential extraction of P, Fe, and Mn fractions, stable isotopes (13C, 15N) and statistical analyses (clustering, time series analysis, Tipping Points). The project is an international cooperation under the leadership of the University of Bern (PI Martin Grosjean) with partners at CNR (Italy), Universities of Mainz (Germany), Gdansk (Poland) and Hefei (China) and GFZ Potsdam (Germany).
Tasks
Please direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean martin.grosjean@oeschger.unibe.ch.
Requirements
The successful candidates hold an MSc (90 ECTS) or PhD in Earth or Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Quaternary Science, Paleoecology, Environmental Chemistry or similar. The candidates are motivated to work with advanced laboratory techniques and will be trained. Experience in paleolimnology, sedimentology, biogeochemistry and an interest in statistics is an additional asset. Strong language skills (English) and interpersonal skills are expected; German command is not a condition but helpful for everyday life. The PhD candidates will enrol in the Graduate School Climate Sciences, U of Bern http://www.climatestudies.unibe.ch/. For the postdoc and PhD students, great importance is attached to career development in all facets.
Applications
Review of applications starts on 7 December 2021 and continues until the positions are filled.

Applications: ONE (!) pdf with CV, letter of motivation, transcript of MSc with Grades, publication list, addresses of three referees) should be sent by email to:
Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean
Oeschger Centre, University of Bern; Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
martin.grosjean@oeschger.unibe.ch
Tel: + 41 31 684 31 47
Application deadline
Further information
Please direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean martin.grosjean@oeschger.unibe.ch.
Contact email
martin.grosjean@oeschger.unibe.ch