2 PhDs, Paleolimnology/Paleoecology - Bern, Switzerland

Two fully funded PhD positions (3-4 years) are open for enthusiastic young researchers to work in the Paleolimnology research group at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research and Institute of Geography at the University of Bern, Switzerland.


The supervisor is Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre & Institute of Geography, Bern. The salary will be Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (CHF 47,000-50,000, 100%). The positions are available from 1 March 2019 (for 3-4 years) or earlier, negotiable.


The project will explore 15,000 years of evolution and ecosystem dynamics in Lake Victoria, East Africa, as reconstructed from sediment cores, fossils and ancient DNA.

This Swiss NSF Sinergia project is a cooperation between U Bern, EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Research), the Centre for Geogenetics at U of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute, U of Arizona, Massachusetts and others.

The two PhD projects in the Paleolimnology Group, University of Bern, will focus on the paleoecological analysis of the cores.

1. The PhD in limnogeology/biogeochemistry will establish the core's sedimentology and explore novel ultrahigh-resolution scanning techniques (hyperspectral imaging, uXRF), HPLC analysis of sedimentary pigments and biomarkers; ICP-MS and FTIR spectroscopy techniques. The PhD is co-supervised by Prof. Flavio Anselmetti.

2. The PhD in paleoecology and 14C AMS dating will analyze pollen, spores, palynomorphs, charcoal, macrofossils; and establish high-precision 14C chronologies with the in-house 14C AMS MICADAS Facility at the University of Bern. The PhD is co-supervised by Prof. Willy Tinner.


- The successful candidates hold a Master (MSc) in Earth or environmental sciences, physical geography, paleobotany, vegetation ecology, environmental chemistry or similar.
- The candidates are motivated to work with advanced laboratory techniques and will be trained.
- Experience in sedimentology and an interest in statistics is an additional asset.
- Strong language skills (English) are expected.
- The candidates will enrol in the Graduate School of Climate Sciences, University of Bern.


Review of applications starts on 23 December 2018 and continues until the positions are filled.

Send via email ONE (!) pdf with CV, letter of motivation, transcript of MSc with Grades, publication list, addresses of three referees to Prof. Grosjean: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

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