Postdoc – Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the University of Oldenburg carry out basic research in the marine realm with common interests in chemical and microbiological processes. The Max Planck research group for Marine Isotope Geochemistry has an opening for a Postdoc in Marine Isotope Geochemistry / Paleoceanography.

The position is open immediately and limited until July 30, 2016, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funds. The postdoc will work on available sample material from the Southern Ocean to determine dust provenance and its variability during Late Quaternary climate cycles using rare earth element concentrations and radiogenic isotopes. The project is a collaborative study with scientists from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (USA) and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany). The postdoc is expected to take an active lead in these collaborations and may have the opportunity to carry out additional isotope analyses at Lamont to extend the scope of the study. The successful candidate is further expected to actively seek external funds for an extension of the contract and to contribute to the research of the group and the institute, advise students, and assist in the management of the laboratories.

The Max Planck research group for Marine Isotope Geochemistry, based at the ICBM in Oldenburg, uses stable and radiogenic isotope techniques to study biogeochemical processes in the ocean and marine sediments, as well as past changes in the ocean-climate system. The laboratory and analytical capabilities of the group include a state-of-the-art clean laboratory and a multi-collector ICP-MS. Additional instruments for trace element analyses in marine samples are available as part of the central laboratory for inorganic analysis of the ICBM. Applicants should have a PhD in geosciences and a strong background and interest in isotope geochemistry and paleoceanography.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society aims to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and urges them to apply.

Please send your application including curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a short (max. 1 page) statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to kpahnke@mpi-bremen.de. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

For further information please contact Katharina Pahnke kpahnke@mpi-bremen.de.

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