The Institute of Geosciences at the Faculty of Geosciences/Geography, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main announces the following open position:


PhD position
Body temperature reconstruction of mosasaurs using clumped isotopes
(TV-UG E13, 75%)

The Institute of Geosciences at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position. The PhD student will further expand the in-house repertoire of analytical techniques for carbonate clumped isotopes to even smaller sample amounts. This technique will then be used to reconstruct the body temperature of mosasaurs which inhabited the oceans during the Late Cretaceous.

The successful candidate should hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, biology and/or geosciences and have a strong motivation for research. He/she should bring knowledge in the field of stable isotope geochemistry. Hands-on experience with clumped isotopes and the Kiel IV Device would be a benefit. The PhD position is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a period of three years. We offer an attractive salary, starting from ca. 30.000 € per year (TV-UG E13 75%). Most of the work will be carried out at the stable isotope facility at the University of Frankfurt. The stable isotope laboratory is equipped with two MAT 253 gas source mass spectrometers (one of which is dedicated to 47 analysis of carbonates) and one 253Plus gas source mass spectrometer (dedicated to high-precision 48 and 47 analysis of carbonates).

The position starts in March/April 2020. Applications should be sent electronically as a single pdf-file to Prof. Dr. Jens Fiebig (Jens.Fiebig@em.uni-frankfurt.de) until 15.12.2019. The pdf-file should contain a CV, names and email addresses of two referees as well as a short letter describing motivation, research interests and recent accomplishments.

posted: 25 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.