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Two doctoral student positions in marine micropaleontology

Position
Two doctoral student positions in marine micropaleontology

Employer

Museum für Naturkunde

Homepage: http://naturkundemuseum-berlin.de


Location
Berlin, Germany

Sector
Academic

Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Type
Other

Level
Student / Graduate / Internship

Salary
2386 - 3547 € / Year, .65 TVL13 - depending on qualifications and experience

Required education
Master

Application deadline
10 January 2019

Posted
4 December 2018

Job description

The micropaleontology group of the Natural History Museum in Berlin (MfN) has two positions available for doctoral students, as part of a new 4 year project ‘Paleogene Polar Plankton and Productivity’ (Dr. David Lazarus, project manager), funded via the Make Our Planet Great Again program (DAAD/MOPGA-GRI). The goals of the project are to understand the bidirectional interactions between plankton evolution and the carbon cycle, and in particular the sensitivity of modern cold water carbon-pump diatoms to possible extinction in future anthropogenically warmed oceans. One student will study diatom micropaleontology and the silica cycle under the direction of Dr. Johan Renaudie, the other will study carbonate microfossils and geochemistry under the direction of Dr. Gayane Asatryan. Funds are currently available for up to a 3 year period for the doctoral positions and are expected to begin in early 2019. An inofficial transcription into english of the two official announcements is given below.

The official announcements (in German) are posted at:
https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/de/ueber-uns/jobs-und-karriere/stellenausschreibungen/doktorandin-doktorand-0
https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/en/uber-uns/jobs-und-karriere/stellenausschreibungen/doktorandin-doktorand

The working language of the group is english. Some knowledge of German would however be desirable in communicating with other Museum staff.

Position 1 : Calcareous microfossils and geochemistry

Doctoral student at 65% of TVL13 salary*

  • 100% time gross pay level of TVL13 is between 3,672-5,458 Euros, depending on qualifications and relevant experience. Pay includes in addition to salary contributions to health care and social insurance.

External grant funding only, to start as soon as possible, limited to no more than 36 Months

Responsibilities

Independent research and joint research in the DAAD project Paleogene Polar Plankton and Productivity (P4)

The doctoral student will be responsible for:
- Biostratigraphic studies of deep-sea sediment samples using foraminifera and calcareous nannofossils
- Geochemical analyses, e.g. stable isotopes, TOC
- Paleoproductivity measurements, e.g. BFAR
- Participation at meetings, preparation of posters and talks
- Joint work on data analyses and publications

Requirements:

- Completed bio- or earth science MSc degree or equivalent in biology, geologie or paleontology
- Particular knowledge of marine micropaleontology or paleoceanography desirable
- Knowledge and experience in developing and carrying out independent research projects
- Very good english skills
- Above average interdisciplinary communication abilities
- General computing skills (e.g. OS, office programs, web, image editors)
- Experience in data analysis e.g. using a computer language like R or Python

Position 2 : Diatom microfossils and geochemistry

Doctoral student at 65% of TVL13 salary*

  • 100% time gross pay level of TVL13 is between 3,672-5,458 Euros, depending on qualifications and relevant experience. Pay includes in addition to salary contributions to health care and social insurance.

External grant funding only, to start as soon as possible, limited to no more than 36 Months

Responsibilities

Independent research and joint research in the DAAD project Paleogene Polar Plankton and Productivity (P4)

The doctoral student will be responsible for:
- Biostratigraphic studies of deep-sea sediment samples using diatoms
- Geochemical analyses, e.g. silicon isotopes
- Counts of biodiversity data from diatom slides
- Participation at meetings, preparation of posters and talks
- Joint work on data analyses and publications

Requirements:

- Completed bio- or earth science MSc degree or equivalent in biology, geologie or paleontology
- Particular knowledge of marine micropaleontology or paleoceanography desirable
- Knowledge and experience in developing and carrying out independent research projects
- Very good english skills
- Above average interdisciplinary communication abilities
- General computing skills (e.g. OS, office programs, web, image editors)
- Experience in data analysis e.g. using a computer language like R or Python

*
In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.


How to apply

Applications with the usual documents (application letter, CV, degree certificates) should be sent, preferentially by email (recruiting@mfn.berlin), to the the Museum für Naturkunde, Personalreferat, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany. Applications must be clearly marked with the code 105/2018. Application deadline is 10th January 2019.

[Further information on document formats, family policies, data protection etc can be found at the official announcement posted at the Museum’s website].