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PhD position - Bremen, Germany

One of the lakes in the Newer Volcanic Province to be studied.

PhD position - Bremen, Germany

Bremen, Germany
Research Assistant (m/f/d) for a period of 3 years at the University of Bremen, Faculty 08 at the Institute of Geography (GEOPOLAR working group), supervisor: Bernd Zolitschka
Position will start: Sept. 1, 2023
Remuneration group TV-L 13 to the extent of 75 % of the regular weekly working time

This position is funded through the DFG project "Regional reconstruction of water availability to extend instrumental hydroclimatic records into the Late Holocene - a high-resolution investigation of calendar year-dated natural archives from maar lakes in the Newer Volcanic Province, south-eastern Australia". The lacustrine sediment records to be investigated offer ideal conditions for the reconstruction of regional water availability as well as of short-term climate fluctuations during the last millennium. The project work will be carried out at the University of Bremen and in international cooperation with universities in Adelaide (Australia), Bern (Switzerland) and Gdansk (Poland).
The range of tasks includes sediment descriptions as well as carrying out sedimentological and geochemical analyses on sediment cores, which will be recovered during a fieldtrip at the beginning of the project. The creation of a time scale with different methods forms another important aspect for these investigations. Evaluation and visualization of collected data are placed in the context of regional and of southern hemispheric climate dynamics. Particular attention will be paid to recording data related to the regional water availability (droughts, floods) and integration with the Late Holocene climate development (Little Ice Age, Medieval Climate Optimum, El Niño Southern Oscillation). This investigation aims at producing a cumulative dissertation, the results of which will be published in scientific publications and presented at national and international conferences.
Master's degree in physical geography, geosciences or related disciplines
Basic knowledge in the fields of sedimentology and palaeoclimatology are an advantage
Productive working style, team skills as well as motivation and interest in working in an international and multidisciplinary research environment
Good command of written and spoken English
Applications with the usual documents (informative cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) should be sent electronically in one PDF-file by 31.05.2023 to quoting the reference number A72/23.
Further information
Please direct any queries to Prof. Dr. Bernd Zolitschka, University of Bremen, e-mail:

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