6-year Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Position In Geochemistry

The laboratory for Environmental Geochemistry of the Department of Environmental Geosciences (EDGE) at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science of the University of Vienna seeks applicants for a 6-year fully funded postdoctoral scholar position. We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist (completion of a Ph.D. is required) who is interested to apply geochemistry to questions relating to the co-evolution of humans, the associated microbiome and their environment. Research interests in this area could, for example, include the preservation of environmental and ancient human and microbial DNA by association with mineral phases, the extraction of DNA from such phases, the elucidation of the interactions of DNA and nucleotides with mineral surface by spectroscopic methods, the isotopic tracing of human migration, or the application of non-traditional stable isotopes in this area. We look for candidates with experiences in relevant areas of geochemistry, including mineral surface chemistry, isotope geochemistry (e.g., strontium isotopes, non-traditional isotope systems), biogeochemistry, spectroscopy, etc. The successful candidate is expected to develop research ideas in collaboration with the group, acquire funding, co-advise a group of PhD students, participate in the corresponding research administration and engage in teaching. We have excellent laboratory infrastructure for trace metal analytics and mineral characterization, plant and microbial cultivation, a clean room laboratory and a MC-ICP-MS isotope lab as well as labs for experimental work in geochemistry. We are part of the MINERVA (Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome for the Depth of Time) research platform of the University of Vienna and collaborate closely with Prof. Ron Pinhasi (evolutionary anthropology).

The working and teaching language is English. The position is open immediately. The application of female candidates is strongly encouraged.

Please contact Prof. Stephan Kraemer by phone (+43-1-4277-53463) or e-mail for further information or send applications including curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests, and contact details of two academic referees to stephan.kraemer@univie.ac.at. Evaluation of applicants will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

posted: 18 May 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.