Postdoc in Paleolimnology, 80-100%

Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 2 + 2 years
Start: 01.03.2022 or earlier
Salary: Swiss NSF Postdoc salary (87,750 to 91,650 CHF p.a., 100%)
A fully funded postdoc position (2 years, option for 2 years extension) is open for an ambitious and enthusiastic young researcher to work in the Paleolimnology research group at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research & Institute of Geography, U 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, Tipping Points).

The project is an international cooperation under the leadership of the University of Bern (PI Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean) with partners at CNR (Italy), Universities of Mainz (Germany), Gdansk (Poland) and Hefei (China) and GFZ Potsdam (Germany).
The main activity of the postdoc is performing research according to the Project Research Plan and publishing in field journals. There is (limited) room to develop independent research. Further duties include organizing field campaigns, liaising with project partners, advising PhD and Master students and very limited teaching (MSc level). The candidate is mentored and supported in his/her career development towards an independent ESR with a competitive CV and personal grant applications. The candidate is part of the OCCR Early Career Network.
The successful candidate:
*Holds a PhD in Earth or Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography, Quaternary Science, Environmental Chemistry or similar;
*Is experienced in the work with lake sediments and some (not all) of the methods mentioned above.

The candidate has strong language and communication skills (English), both oral and written, and interpersonal skills are an important criterion. German command is not a condition but helpful for everyday life
Review of applications starts on 10 November 2021 and continues until the position is 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
Further information
Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre, University of Bern Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Switzerland;; Tel: + 41 31 684 31 47
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