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 spatial and temporal dynamics of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), especially with regard to the influence of future global warming scenarios, characterized by elevated greenhouse gas concentrations and reduced continental ice volumes. For this purpose the applicant will generate upper ocean temperature proxy records from Equatorial Pacific drill cores, covering the mid-to-late Pleistocene as well as early Pliocene using Mg/Ca-analyses of planktic foraminifera in combination with alkenone-based sea surface temperatures.

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 paleoclimatology as well as an interest in marine micropaleontology and organic geochemistry. The majority of the work will be based at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany, but periods will also be spent at the University of Cologne and sampling at the IODP repository in College Station, Texas is intended. The appointment is for three years with salary and social security benefits according to a German civil service position (E 13, 75 %).

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 October 15, 2021. Potential starting date is January 1, 2021.

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:, or Dr. Andrea Jaeschke, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne, Zülpicher Strasse 49b, D-50674 Cologne, Germany; Email:

posted: 13 September 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.