PhD position in the area of Palaeoceanography

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University BremenThe Ocean in the Earth System
MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences

The Research Center/Cluster of Excellence “The Ocean in the Earth System” (MARUM) at the University of Bremen, Germany, has the overarching scientific goal to achieve a better understanding of key processes in the marine. The research themes are: Ocean and Climate, Geosphere-Biosphere Interactions and Sediment Dynamics.

MARUM is offering a PhD position in the area of Palaeoceanography starting from January 2014. We are searching for enthusiastic and dynamic young researchers. The PhD project will be carried out in the research group “Palaeoceanography” of Prof. Heiko Pälike.

The PhD project is entitled “Closing the mid-Eocene palaeoceanography and time scale gap and testing Eocene climate hypotheses with material and data from IODP Expedition 342 (Newfoundland)”. This project, as part of an international ‘Eocene stable isotope consortium’, aims to develop a refined, astronomically calibrated age model for the Eocene, that can then be applied to newly generated coupled benthic and planktonic stable isotope reconstruction to address important questions about the North Atlantic ocean circulation, climate, and carbon cycle behaviour by detailing palaeoceanographic changes throughout the epoch. One component of the project will involve the generation of a high-resolution mixed layer and thermocline planktic stable isotope series within the middle Eocene. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply for membership in the GLOMAR graduate school.

We are searching a highly motivated and skilled candidate with the following requirements:
• A completed academic degree, preferentially in earth sciences, geoscience, palaeoclimate, palaeobiology or a related field
• Experience in micropalaeontological and or geochemical laboratory methods
• A strong quantitative background
• Applicants should have excellent English language skills and enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team

Please address enquiries to Heiko Pälike (

The position is available under the condition of job release and is initially limited to a term of 2 years with the possibility of a 1 year extension and funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Salary and benefits are commensurate with the federal German employee scale TV-L 13 (66.6 %). Applications should include a CV, a list of publications, a statement describing research interests, the applicant’s. research and technical background as they relate to the position, and contact information for three referees.

More information on research and technology at the MARUM is available at

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons. The University of Bremen expressly invites persons with a migration background to apply.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Heiko Pälike, Tel. +49 421 218 65980 or Deadline for the application is December 14th, 2013. Applications should be directed electronically with the reference number A262/13 to Heiko Pälike (mail to: or by mail to

Prof. Heiko Pälike
Leobener Straße 1
D-28359 Bremen, Germany

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