Professorship in Quaternary Environmental Geosciences

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Science, University of Basel invites applications for a professorship in Quaternary Environmental Geosciences (open rank). We are seeking a geoscientist with a strong record of innovative and high-impact research in the broader fields of Quaternary Environmental Geosciences.

Your position

The successful candidate will help to further develop and strengthen the division of Geoscience within the Department of Environmental Sciences (http://duw.unibas. ch). Applicants should be able to demonstrate internationally recognized scholarly activities with a strong record of externally funded research. Candidates are expected to investigate links between global biogeochemical fluxes and/or climate dynamics and perturbations at different timescales, preferably in the most recent geological past. The research program may, for example, focus on Pleistocene/Holocene climate change, the coupling between climate change, biogeochemical cycles, and/or the co-evolution of life, landscapes and climate. We welcome applicants with a proven ability to combine geological and geochemical approaches to develop and exploit environmental proxies from terrestrial, marine, or lacustrine records. The successful candidate is expected to complement existing strengths in modern-system environmental geosciences at the University of Basel.

Your profile

The future professor is expected to teach courses in Geology both at the undergraduate and graduate level, to organise field classes and excursions, and to contribute to the curricula of the BA and MA programs in Geography. Graduate classes may include courses in Climate Geology, Earth History, and/or Paleobiogeochemistry.

We offer you

The Departement of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel investigates the complex interactions of biosphere, geosphere and anthroposphere and conveys the results to students and the public. Basel is home to a vibrant international life science community and provides a high standard of living together with a superb cultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Application / Contact

Applications (including CV, list of publications, letter of motivation, and a statement of research and teaching interests) should be sent by e-mail as one single pdf-document to Prof. Dr. Martin Spiess, Dean of Faculty of Science, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 50, 4056 Basel, Switzerland. (Email:

Requests for further information can be addressed to Prof. Dr. Moritz Lehmann ( The application deadline is March 31, 2018. The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer and encourages applications from female candidates.

posted: 15 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.