PhD position, coral paleoclimatology - Bremen, Germany

The MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, Germany, is offering (under the condition of job release) as soon as possible one PhD position for three years on the project "Coral reconstructions of tropical Pacific temperature seasonality at the end of the last glacial."


German federal employee salary scale 13 TV-L (66.6%).


The PhD candidate will work towards reconstruction and quantification of tropical Pacific temperature seasonality during the last deglaciation with a focus on meltwater pulse 1A (~14,500 years ago), by analyzing/interpreting geochemical proxies in skeletons of fossil shallow-water corals drilled by International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 310 and modern corals to assess the uncertainties in the reconstructions, from Tahiti (French Polynesia). This international project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is a collaboration between institutions in France, Japan and Germany.

The project is hosted by MARUM, an internationally recognised centre for marine research with a focus on the geosciences, anchored at the University of Bremen. MARUM and University of Bremen provide an ideal environment for PhD candidates to become excellent researchers and to develop personal skills to further their career. The Research Faculty MARUM offers plenty of opportunities for transdisciplinary exchange and collaboration across different disciplines in marine sciences. PhD candidates can make use of coaching and mentoring offers as well as a dedicated course and training program.


- M.Sc./German Diplom or equivalent degree in geosciences or related discipline
- Knowledge/interest in marine geosciences and (paleo)climate change
- Skills in geochemical analysis and/or statistical data analysis
- Skills/interest in data analysis platforms (e.g. matlab)
- Fluency in English, skills in writing scientific articles in English.


The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its gender and diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of female researchers. Applications from female candidates, international applications and applications of academics with a migrant background are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.

Applications should include letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, reference letters and list of publications if applicable, and contact information of one or two potential referees.

The call is open until the position is filled. The review of applications will commence on 18 February 2019.

Applications should be emailed as a single PDF file, quoting the reference number A11/19, to Dr. Thomas Felis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, 28359 Bremen, Germany.