PhDs in Paleolimnology (2 open positions)

Bern, Switzerland
Duration 3-4 years, start date 01.03.2022 or earlier, salary: Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (47,000 to 50,000 CHF, 100%).
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 & Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland.

The project (1 postdoc and 2 PhD researchers) 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. 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).

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).
The successful candidates hold a Master (MSc, 90 ECTS) in Earth or Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Quaternary Science, Paleoecology, Environmental Chemistry or similar.

The candidates are motivated to work with advanced laboratory techniques, GB to TB data sets, and will be trained.

Experience in paleolimnology, sedimentology, biogeochemistry and an interest in statistics is an additional asset.

Strong language skills (English) are expected; German command is not a condition but helpful for everyday life.

The candidates will enrol in the Graduate School of Climate Sciences, U of Bern
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre & Institute of Geography.

Review of applications starts on 10 November 2021, and continues until the positions are filled.

Please direct inquiries to Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean

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;; Tel: + 41 31 684 31 47
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