The Sedimentology and Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics Group within the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position in Paleoceanography / Paleoclimatology

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to decipher the long-term variability of the South American Summer Monsoon and its potential link to sea surface temperature changes in the tropical south Atlantic during the last c. 900,000 years. Methodologically, the project will be mainly based on stable oxygen isotope and trace element (Mg/Ca) measurements on planktonic foraminifera retrieved from two sediment cores located offshore Eastern Brazil. This data will be used to reconstruct changes of the sea surface temperatures and surface circulation patterns since the mid-Pleistocene. The paleoceanographic data will be integrated with the sediment geochemical data retrieved via XRF core scanning. The elemental composition of the sediment will provide information on the humidity in the Brazilian hinterland and, thus, on the monsoonal strength allowing for a one-by-one comparison with the paleoceanographic results.

Requirements for applicants are completion of a MSc degree in geosciences or a closely related discipline prior to appointment, and written and spoken fluency in English. The successful candidate should further have a strong background in marine micropaleontology and paleoclimatology as well as an interest in sediment geochemistry. The majority of the work will be based at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany, but periods may also be spent at research institutions in Brazil. The appointment is for three years with salary and social security benefits according to a German civil service position (E 13, 65 %).

The University of Heidelberg is committed to increasing the proportion of female scientific staff, and applications from women are especially welcome. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

Applications (including a CV, a 1-2 page cover letter with a statement of research interests, and the contact information of two referees familiar with the applicant's research) should be sent as a single pdf file to Dr. André Bahr (E-mail: The closing date for applications is February 15, 2018. Potential starting date is April 15, 2018.

For additional information please contact Dr. André Bahr, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 234, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany; E-mail:

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