The Sedimentology and Marine Paleoenvironmental Dynamics Group within the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany, invites applications for a

Postdoctoral position in Paleoceanography / Paleoclimatology
(12 months, full-time)

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and aims to decipher the spatial and temporal dynamics of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), especially with regard to the influence of future global warming scenarios, characterized by elevated greenhouse gas concentrations and reduced continental ice volumes. For this purpose, the applicant will interpret proxy-based marine sea surface temperature records from Equatorial Pacific drill cores, covering the mid-to-late Pleistocene as well as early Pliocene. Publication of the results in international, peer-reviewed journals is expected as well as participation in conferences and workshops.

Requirements for applicants are completion of a PhD in geosciences or a closely related discipline prior to appointment, and written and spoken fluency in English. The successful candidate should further have a strong background in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. Experience in numerical modeling would be a beneficial asset. The appointment is for 12 months with salary and social security benefits according to a German civil service position (100% E13).

The Institute of Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University offers a thriving environment with state-of-the art analytical facilities and a strong reputation in geoscience research. Heidelberg University is further committed to increasing the proportion of female scientific staff, and applications from women are especially welcome. Disabled persons will be given preference if equally qualified.

Applications (including a CV, a 1-2 page cover letter and the contact information of two referees familiar with the applicant's research) should be sent as a single pdf file to Dr. André Bahr (E-mail: The closing date for applications is 31st May 2024. Potential starting date is 1st September 2024.

For additional information please contact Dr. André Bahr (Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 234, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany; E-mail:

posted: 19 March 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.