Postdoctoral Scientist in Geochemistry /
Experimental Paleobotany

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Scientist for research on the experimental fossilization of wood at the Steinmann Institute of the University of Bonn in Germany. We are seeking a young, highly motivated, innovative, and independent researcher with a documented research profile reflected in publications in international journals in low-temperature geochemistry or experimental paleontology. He or she should hold a recent Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or in a closely related field, with expertise in microanalysis in geochemistry and be interested in applying experimental and analytical methods in geochemistry to elucidate the silicification of fossil and recent wood. Willingness to explore new fields is highly desirable.

Our silicification project is one of eight research projects in a larger Research Unit on Fossilization funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft at the University of Bonn. The postdoctoral position is available initially for a period of 2 years but can be renewed for one additional year. Salary will be on the TV-L E13 level and will depend on age, marital status, and experience. The Postdoctoral Scientist should be open to participating in all research activities in the mineralogical and paleontological divisions of the institute, as well as to the close collaboration with the other scientists in Research Unit 2685.

Active research fields in the Department relevant for the position include low and high-temperature experimental petrology, analytical geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleobotany. Existing facilities include EPMA, a one-atm and high pressure experimental laboratory, XRD and XRF, electron microscopy, state-of-the-art laser-ablation-ICP mass spectrometry, and Laser-Raman spectroscopy, SEM, confocal SEM, and microCT. The Steinmann Institute shares clean lab facilities and a Neptune MC-ICPMS for trace element and isotope analysis with the Geoscience Institute of the University of Cologne.

The Institute seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and therefore urges interested femal candidates to apply. In case of equal qualification, preference will be given to disabled applicants.

Application submission: Opens on January 1, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

Your application should include a complete CV, list of publications, a description of your past and future research interests, and the names and contact details of three potential referees. This application should be emailed as a pdf to both PD Dr. Carole Gee ( and Prof. Dr. Chris Ballhaus (, both of whom can be contacted for further information if necessary.

posted: 08 December 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.