The Sedimentology research group at the Institute of Geosciences invites applications for a

PhD position in Bivalve Geochemistry
(E13 TV-G-U, 75%)

The appointment is for 36 month starting as soon as possible.

The research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) aims at developing proxies for seawater temperature and chemistry in marine bivalves from cold-water coral reefs. The PhD student is expected to perform solution (MC)-ICP-MS analyses as well as LA-ICP-MS analyses in order to measure an array of geochemical proxies (e.g., Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, Mg/Li, U/Ca, 11B, 18O, clumped isotopes) in the bivalve skeleton. Results will help to identify robust proxies which then will be applied to cold-water coral reef settings.

Requirements for applicants are completion of a MSc degree (or equivalent) in geosciences or geology (or related field in natural sciences with focus on the marine realm), a strong motivation for research, and written and spoken fluency in English. The successful candidate should have a background in sclerochronology, statistics, (marine) geochemistry and oceanography. Finally, the candidate is expected to participate at ship based expeditions for several weeks.

Salary and social security benefits are according to the German standard for the public service (75% of E13 TV-G-U). The Institute of Geosciences provides access to a wide range of research infrastructure, including state-of-the-art geochemistry laboratories and technical staff.

Applications (including CV, statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of three references) should be sent electronically as a single PDF file to Dr. Jacek Raddatz. The closing date for applications is 19.09.2017. For additional information please contact: Dr. Jacek Raddatz, Institute of Geosciences, Altenhöferallee 1, 60439 Frankfurt, Germany, phone: 069-79840209, email:,

posted: 31 August 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.