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[Met-jobs] 2 PhDs at the University of Bern (Switzerland)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:18:51 +0000

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2 PhDs in Paleolimnology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Two PhD positions (3-4 years) are open for enthusiastic young
researchers to work in the Paleolimnology research group at the Oeschger
Centre for Climate Change Research & Institute of Geography, University
of Bern, Switzerland

Novel ultrahigh-resolution scanning techniques have opened new avenues
for the biogeochemical analysis of varved lake sediments. The
Paleolimnology Group at the University of Bern is currently exploring
frontiers in hyperspectral imaging techniques which, in combination with
µXRF and advanced analytical techniques (HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS) provide
unprecedented insight into paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental changes.

According to their interests, the candidates will work in one of the
following areas/projects:
- Anoxia and meromixis in varved lake sediments: explore the use of
diagnostic sedimentary pigments to trace anoxia and meromixis in lake
sediments since the Industrial Period and/or in Holocene times (lakes in
Switzerland and Poland)
- Paleoweather: Explore the potential of ultrahigh-resolution
biogeochemical analyses of varved sediments (µXRF and Hyperspectral
Imaging) to infer seasonal climate variability or extreme weather/floods
(lakes in Switzerland and Poland)
- Methodological development in VNIR, SWIR Hyperspectral Imaging of
lake sediments: technical development (hardware, software), calibrating
new substances (sedimentary pigments, minerals), developing new proxies.

The successful candidate holds a Master in earth or environmental
sciences, physical geography, geological sciences, environmental
chemistry or similar. The candidate is motivated and interested in
learning advanced laboratory techniques (HPLC, GC-MS, uXRF) and will be
trained to analyse large data sets from innovative imaging techniques.
Experience with lake sediments or remote sensing is an additional asset
but not a precondition. Strong language skills (English) are expected.
The candidate will enrol in the Graduate School of Climate Sciences,
University of Bern <>.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre & Institute of

Salary: Swiss NSF PhD Fellowship (47,000 to 50,000 CHF, 100%).
The positions are available from October 1, 2016 (for 36 months),

Review of applications starts on August 1, 2016 and continues until the
positions are filled.

Informal enquiries should be made and applications (ONE pdf with CV,
letter of motivation, transcript of MSc with Grades, publication list,
addresses of three referees) should be sent to:
Prof. Dr. Martin Grosjean, Oeschger Centre, University of Bern;
Falkenplatz 16, 3012 Bern, Switzerland,
<>   ; Tel: + 41 31 631 31 47

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