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Job advertisement Teaching and Research Associate in Sedimentology and Paleo-environments (80 to 100 %)

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Teaching and Research Associate in Sedimentology and Paleo-environments (80 to 100 %)

Teaching and Research Associate in Sedimentology and Paleo-environments (80 to 100 %)

Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg logo

Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg

The University of Fribourg is an equal opportunity employer and strives towards gender balance and diversity at all levels.


Fribourg, Switzerland


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Full time



Required education

Application deadline
15 January 2022

23 November 2021

Job description

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg invites applications for a MA position (maître[sse] assistant[e]/ Oberassistent[in]) in the broad fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, geobiosphere interactions and paleoenvironments. Potential research fields include paleoenvironmental reconstructions, paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, stratigraphy, natural hazards, applied sedimentology, sedimentary biogeochemistry and/or life-sediment interactions in marine and/or terrestrial systems. Candidates should have acquired a PhD-degree in Earth Sciences and should have a strong research profile in process-orientated sedimentology using high-end analytical and quantitative methods. The candidate should demonstrate strong interdisciplinary skills and show willingness to work together with other research groups at the University of Fribourg, especially the Carbonate Sedimentology Research Group. Research must be supported by raising external funds.

The candidate will have to take on vital lab responsibility by running one of several available platforms at the Department of Geosciences (e.g., SEM, micro-CT scanner, experimental and geochemical lab). Experience with one of the above-mentioned lab techniques and/or platforms is essential. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching in the broad domains of general geology, field mapping and sedimentology at the Bachelor and MSc level with special emphasis on the organization of field and laboratory courses. The candidate should be able to teach bachelor courses in one of the two official languages of the University, French or German (after an appropriate learning period, if necessary) and Master courses in English. Teaching experience at university level is expected.

How to apply

We seek candidates per March 1st 2022 or by mutual agreement. The position will be attributed initially for 5 years but can be stabilized depending on the performance of the candidate.

Electronic copies of the following documents should be forwarded to the address below:
(1) Cover letter mentioning the position for which the candidate is applying
(2) Complete CV, including a certified copy of the diploma of the highest degree
(3) Complete list of publications
(4) Detailed record of teaching experiences
(5) Record of past and present funding
(6) 1-2 page description of major scientific achievements and future research directions
(7) Name and addresses of three referee persons

The applications should reach the Department of Geosciences before 15.01.22:
Prof. Dr. Anneleen Foubert
President Department of Geosciences
Department of Geosciences
University of Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 6
CH-1700 Fribourg