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PhD position, paleoclimatology and paleobiology - Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany
Research assistant position in paleoclimatology and paleobiology (m/f/d) with 65%-part-time job limited to 4 years Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU

Starting date: Fall 2023

We offer:

- a challenging and rewarding research project in the field of paleoclimatology and paleobotany
- an opportunity to work with a world-renowned research group within Germany and access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
- 65% of a full Ph.D. position for 4 years, following the German civil servant E13 grouping (TV L-E13) at FU Berlin (including public service benefits)
- a supportive and stimulating research environment that fosters professional development
- opportunities to present research findings at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals
- flexible working hours and conditions within a family-friendly work environment
- working in the vibrant city of Berlin
- career training and development opportunities at Dahlem Research School

The Freie Universität Berlin is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and minorities underrepresented in science. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment for equal qualification. We are also particularly welcoming applications from qualified women.
The Paleoclimatology working group of the Institute of Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to conduct research on the reconstruction of paleoenvironmental change during the Eocene epoch in Central Europe. The Eocene is considered an analog for climate change as it will potentially materialize within the coming decades. Specifically, the student will work on sediment samples and fossil plant specimens (i.e., leaves) from the UNESCO world heritage site Messel Pit in Germany to reconstruct CO2 variability based on stomata density, carbon isotope composition, and plant morphology, and biodiversity changes in response to CO2 variability. This project will be conducted within a dynamic and interdisciplinary collaboration framework, including the Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt, Senckenberg Research Station Messel Pit, and the University of Tübingen.
- Conduct research on the reconstruction of paleoenvironmental change during the Eocene in Central Europe
- work with sediment samples and fossil plant specimens from the Messel pit to reconstruct CO2, biodiversity, and plant morphology variability
- analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions about past climate and environmental conditions
- publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present results at conferences
- collaborate with other members of the Paleoclimatology working group and other researchers involved in the project
- Master's degree in geology or a related field
- Background in paleobotany is desirable but not mandatory
- Interest in geochemistry
- Experience in laboratory work and data analysis
- Good communication skills in English, both written and verbal
- Knowledge of German is advantageous
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
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Applications should be sent by e-mail, incl. Motivation letter, CV, and contact addresses of two references, in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr: c
Further information
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr

Free University Berlin
Institute of Geological Science
Malteserstr. 74-100
D-12249 Berlin
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