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Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in am Institut für Ökosystemforschung (SFB 1266), 3 Jahre befristet, 25,155 Stunden/Woche, E 13 TV-L


Job announcement

In the framework of the new SFB-1266 “Scales of Transformation”, the Institute for Ecosystem Research at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany, has available a

Research Assistant

to be filled January 1st, 2017. The position will be provided for 3 years. The regular weekly working hours amount to 65% of a full time position (at the moment 25.155 hours). The salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 pay scale. There is a possibility to make a PhD in palaeoclimatology.

Applications are invited from outstanding young researchers who will, with their research, contribute to the project

“Transformations in early Greek Societies and Landscapes”

One of the key questions to be answered by the project is the relationship between the climate and the historical record in Greece with a spatial focus on the Northern Peloponnese. The aim is to gain sediment records of the last 4000 years with a temporal focus on the transitional period between Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (1200-800 BP). Using a combination of different sedimentological and geochemical methods we aim to (a) to reconstruct the changes in air temperature and hydrological dynamics; (b) to describe reactions of regional climate to short-term climate variations reported for the higher latitudes and potentially find coupling mechanisms; (c) to differentiate natural environmental conditions in the region from effects of human influence on the local climate, vegetation, erosion, and sedimentation;

The position aims to connect climate variability and archaeological record as documented in lacustrine sediment cores from several karst valleys in the Northern Peloponnese and from Lake Trichonida. The PhD candidate will establish time series of climate variables based on detailed 14C dating and different geochemical analyses (e.g. XRF). A strong background in sedimentology, quaternary sciences and/or geochemistry is required for this position. Good skills in statistics and understanding of software R or similar statistical tools is desired.

The PhD positions explicitly require physical strength and endurance to work in the field. Driving licence for cars up to 7.5t and driving experience is of advantage. Experience in field work and analysis of large data sets is desired. Strong collaboration with other PhD and Postdoc projects in the SFB is expected.

Eligible candidates must hold an outstanding university degree (diploma or master) in Geography, Ecology, Geology, or related subjects.

The Christian-Albrechts-University wishes to increase the number of female scientists and encourages applications from qualified women. Female applicants will be treated with priority if their qualifications and achievements are equal to those of male applicants.

Applications from scientists with disabilities will be treated with priority in case of equal qualifications.

We explicitly encourage candidates with a migration background to apply.

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter outlining the motivation for applying and detailing the research interests, a CV (without photo), copies of credentials and two letters of support.

Submission must be done before October 5th, 2017 to:

Prof. Ingmar Unkel
Institute for Ecosystem Research
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Olshausenstr. 75
24118 Kiel (Germany).

Applications may also be sent by e-mail as one PDF file (not more than 5 MB) to: .







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