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[Met-jobs] PhD or Postdoc Position at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)

From Roger Brugge <>
To "" <>
Date Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:06:17 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Dear friends and colleagues,

We have funding for a 3yr PhD or 2yr Postdoc project on data analysis at
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung
in Potsdam, Germany

The position encompasses data analysis, and statistical and numerical
of the temporal and spatial variability in pollen records.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know of any
appropriate candidates, and/ or forward this email to anyone you feel is
relevant. I apologize if you receive this announcement more than once.

Thanks and best wishes,

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine
Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded
by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine
research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography,
geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary
approaches to scientific goals.

The research group ‘ Terrestrial Environmental Systems' at AWI and the
newly funded ERC Starting grant project SPACE (Space time structure of
climate change, <>),
in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for

PhD or Postdoc (Spatial and temporal variability of vegetation & climate).

The position encompasses data analysis, and statistical and numerical
modeling of the temporal and spatial variability in pollen records.

To understand how the Earth’s climate and environment has evolved over
long time-scales, we investigate paleoclimate archive such as sediment
cores. On land, pollen records recovered from lake sediments are the
most extensive dataset available for the reconstruction of past
landcover and climate change. Worldwide, several thousand pollen
stratigraphies tell the history of the environment and related climate
evolution of the last ten thousand and more years.

You will analyze the temporal and spatial variability of pollen records.
This will allow deciphering the climate and non-climate factors
controlling pollen records and their underlying vegetation. It will
further provide estimates of decadal to millenial climate variability on
land. A comparison with state of the art earth system models will
provide a test to our present understanding of the climate and
vegetation system. Tasks include the compilation and statistical
analysis of multivariate datasets and the interpretation of the results
using conceptual models, state-of-the art earth system model simulations
and observations from remote sensing.

The position requires a MSc or PhD degree, respectively in physics,
biology, mathematics, geosciences or a related field. You should have
strong analytical skills and be interested in statistical data analysis
and thinking across the disciplines of climate sciences, ecology and
geology. Proficiency in statistics, in data analyses tools (e.g. R) and
good English language skills are required. Previous experience with
(paleo)climate research or pollen records and working with large
datasets is an advantage. Furthermore, you should have good teamwork
skills and the willingness to actively cooperate with a diverse
international working group.
For more information, please contact Prof. Ulrike Herzschuh
(<>) or Dr. Thomas Laepple (<>).

Length of contract:
The position is offered for 3 years for a PhD or 2 years for a Postdoc.
The starting date is flexible, earliest, starting December 1st, 2017.
The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des
öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (PhD: 66%, Postdoc:

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating
professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art
research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure. Disabled applicants
will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI
fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means.
Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have
been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.
As Ph.D. student at AWI you will be member of the Helmholtz Graduate
School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ (<>) or
another graduate school.

The job will be based at the AWI in Potsdam. The institute is located on
a historical scientific campus nearby the city center, which also hosts
the GeoForschungsZentrum and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
Research. The city of Potsdam (~160,000 inhabitants) is more than 1000
years old and is located along the banks of the Havel River and the
surrounding lakes. Potsdam is known for its splendid baroque
architecture, its preserved palaces, gardens, as well as a scientific
environment, which is unparalleled in all of Germany. Potsdam is only a
couple of minutes away from Berlin and its cultural scene.

Application process:
Applications including CV and degree certificates and names and
addresses of two referees should be submitted by October 15th, 2017
under the reference code 135/D/Geo-P via email (all documents merged
into one PDF file) to: <>.

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