The working group on Quaternary Geology at the Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of the University of Cologne, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD-Student Position in Paleolimnology/Limnogeology

within the framework of a DFG funded project on Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

Conditions: The position is funded for 3 years, starting earliest August 1, 2019, and will be embedded in the Graduate School of Geosciences (GSGS) of the University of Cologne (for details see Salary and benefits will be according to German Public Service Sector salary group TV-L 13, part time 27,89 hours per week (70%).

Objectives: The PhD shall address open science questions in a research project, relying on surface sediment samples and sediment cores from Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan in order to reconstruct the Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental history of the lake and its surrounding. A wide range of analytical facilities is available in the working group, covering areas from grain sizes, grain shapes, and MSC logging, via element analyses and XRF scanning, to microfossils and paleomagnetic dating. Additional techniques, if needed, can be used in other labs at the institute.

Efforts: The PhD student will participate in two field campaigns to Lake Issyk Kul for sample recovery, conduct the necessary laboratory analyses on the sediment successions retrieved, partly supported by student assistants, play a leading role in the interpretation of the data obtained, and contribute to the publication of the results in collaboration with other project members that have provided significant input. The PhD thesis can be submitted in German or English, both as a monograph or as a collection of peer-reviewed papers, which are merged by an extended introduction and synthesis.

Qualifications: We are looking for highly motivated, team-oriented candidates with a profound background in paleolimnology, sedimentology, and/or Quaternary geology. Candidates should hold a Diploma or M.Sc. in a related field (e.g., Geosciences, Geology, Physical Geography). Analytical experience and the willingness to learn and apply advanced instrumental analytical techniques are essential. We expect good English language skills. Applicants with limited knowledge of German will be supported to develop proficiency in the language within the first years.

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

Application: Please send your application (one pdf file), including motivation and interests, CV, and copies of certificates by email to Prof. Dr. Bernd Wagner ( by June 17, 2019.

posted: 16 May 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.