Postdoctoral position, molecular stratigraphy & paleoclimate reconstruction, Bremen, Germany

A postdoctoral position is being offered in the Organic Geochemistry Group at MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany.


They seek a highly motivated and qualified scientist at the postdoctoral level to join the ZOOMECULAR project team funded by the European Research Council. This project is funded for five years until 31 October 2020.

ZOOMECULAR is seeking to develop ultra-high (sub-millimeter) resolution molecular stratigraphy by mass spectrometry imaging of molecular biomarkers (Wörmer et al. 2014, PNAS). Applied to suitable archives, primarily laminated and dated sediment cores, with this technique they aim to resolve annual to centennial climatic and environmental variations. Thereby they will advance molecular stratigraphy to a new level regarding the temporal resolution of records and the understanding of proxy formation.


- The ideal candidate will have ample experience in geochemical paleoclimate reconstruction from marine or limnic sedimentary archives and in the statistical and software tools typically employed.
- Detailed knowledge of Holocene climate and associated high frequency climate variations are a benefit.
- Experience with organic proxy and elemental composition analysis (XRF) is not mandatory but will be valued.
- The successful candidate should have recently received a PhD or equivalent degree in the physical sciences.
- Excellent knowledge in English, both in speaking and writing, is a requirement.
- Applicants should enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team.


- The position is to be filled at the next possible date, ideally on 1 November 2017, and the duration of the contract is until 31 October 2020.
- Salary and benefits are linked to the German employee scale TVL 13.
- International candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Applications should include a CV, list of publications, a short (2-page max.) synopsis of previous research achievements and research interests, and the names of at least two referees with the reference number A248/17.

Applications and inquiries should be send electronically to the project PI Kai-Uwe Hinrichs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or via postal service to Prof. Kai-Uwe Hinrichs MARUM, University of Bremen, Leobener Straße 8, 28359 Bremen, Germany.

Further information

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons.

Inquiries can be sent to Kai-Uwe Hinrichs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.