The Institute of Geology invites applications for the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d) in Mesozoic Palynology -
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starting on December 2020. The position is limited to 3 years.

The Institute of Geology at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship within a project entitled "Deciphering the very early phase of angiosperm evolution using palynology".

Responsibilities and duties

This research project will focus on the early evolution of flowering plants during the late Early Cretaceous by investigating pollen records derived from marine near-shore and continental deposits. Age assignment of the pollen-bearing strata will be based on biostratigraphy coupled with high-resolution C- and Sr-isotope stratigraphy. The pollen floras of several successions located in Western Portugal and Southern Spain will be analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively using up-to-date microscopy techniques (DIC-TL, CLSM, SEM) with special focus on angiosperm pollen. The combined chemostratigraphic and palynological approach of this PhD project will provide new insights into terrestrial ecosystem dynamics during the earliest phase of diversification of angiosperms during the Early Cretaceous.

Employment conditions

To qualify for the position, applicants should have completed a research degree (e.g. Masters) in Earth or Life Sciences by the time of appointment, and ideally should have demonstrable interest in palynology and instrumental analytical work. Experience in microscopic analysis of fossil pollen would be beneficial. Travelling to field sites including stratigraphic logging and sampling will be required. Good written and verbal communication skills in English are expected. The project suits candidates with a strong interest in palaeobotany and/or palaeoenvironmental research.

Part-time employment is possible.

As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz University Hannover intends to promote women and men. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Preference will be given to equally qualified applicants with disabilities.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heimhofer, phone: 0511-762 2170, email:

Please submit your application with supporting documents by post or email not later than the 30.09.2020 including a cover letter of intent, CV, copies of examination certificates and university course records and contact details of two referees. Please direct electronic applications (PDF file) or informal enquiries concerning the position to the following address:

Please address hardcopies to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Geologie
Callinstraße 30
30167 Hannover

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