[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position in Paleohydrology, Biogeochemistry, Organic Geochemistry at Potsdam University

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Apr 28 13:25:26 MDT 2013

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From: Dirk Sachse <Dirk.Sachse at geo.uni-potsdam.de>

Dear colleagues,

below you find a advertisement for an open PhD position in the
Paleohydrology group at University of Potsdam, feel free to forward
this to interested candidates:

The University of Potsdam is seeking to fill the following position:

Academic Staff Member (PhD Student: Early Stage Researcher (ESR))

In the frame of an Initial Training Network: Investigating
Tectonism-Erosion-Climate-Couplings (iTECC)

Salary will be commensurate with a Marie-Curie ESR position.

If possible, employment in this position shall begin by 01.07.2013.
The hours of work per week for the position amount to 40 hours. The
post is a fixed-term employment contract for 3 years. We offer highly
competitive gross monthly living and mobility allowances depending on
family status in accordance to the PEOPLE Work Programme 2012
(European Commission C (2011) 5033 of 19 July 2011).

Aims of the Project:

Monsoonal variability and erosional processes on decadal to millennial
timescales control the impact of climate variability on glacial,
fluvial, landslide- and debris-flow erosion on different time scales
in the NW Himalaya, a transitional area between the summer monsoon and
westerly precipitation regimes. The present day moisture transport
will be determined from remotely sensed rainfall, snow-cover and
glacial velocity data as well as gauging station runoff, with data and
skills training provided by Associate Partner InfoTerra. The PhD
student will combine the analysis of remotely sensed data on moisture
transport with water and lipid biomarker stable isotope analysis to
constrain organic matter sources and to decipher transport and erosive
processes within a large fluvial catchment in the Indian Himalaya. By
using sedimentological archives (river terrace sediments, lake
sediments) the PhD student will reconstruct changes in these processes
over time and relate them to monsoonal variability during the


Work includes analysis of remote sensing datasets and biomarker
identification and compound-specific stable isotope measurements on
biomarkers extracted from plants, soils and sediments. Part of the
work will also involve fieldwork in the Himalayas, method development
and proxy calibration and include cooperation over the traditional
boundaries between the geo- and biosciences.

We are seeking applications from highly motivated individuals with a
strong interdisciplinary background in biogeology, organic
geochemistry and biogeochemistry. Experience with GIS data evaluation
and Laboratory experience with wet-chemical methods for lipid
extraction from soils, sediments and/or plant material is desirable as
well as the use of GC-MS/GC-FID for compound identification.
Experience with GC-IRMS coupling for compound-specific stable isotope
measurement would be a plus.

•            Fluency in the English language (speaking and writing) is

•     Applicants must be researchers who have not yet been awarded the
doctorate degree and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent)
of their research careers. This includes the period of research
training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would
formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country
in which the degree was obtained, irrespective whether or not a
doctorate is envisaged.

•      Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main
activity (work, studies, etc…) in Germany for more than 12 months in
the last 3 years. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal
suitability. The University of Potsdam strives to increase the
proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically
encourages female applicants to apply for this position.

Please send your application, one single pdf-file, at the latest by
15.05.2013 (Interview Period: early June 2013) to Prof. Manfred
Strecker and Dr. Dirk Sachse of the University of Potsdam by e-mail
[Manfred.Strecker at geo.uni-potsdam.de and
Dirk.Sachse at geo.uni-potsdam.de]. Direct inquiries to the same email

The application should contain:

•                Cover letter outlining the motivation and
qualification for the project position

•                Curriculum vitae (CV)

•                List of publications (if available)

•                Copies of university degree(s) and school certificates

•               Letters of reference (optional)

About Potsdam university: Founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam
is the largest institute of higher learning in the federal state of
Brandenburg. The university is located in one of the most beautiful
settings for an academic institution in Germany. It is developing into
an important address for modern research and teaching and for an
intensified transfer of technology and knowledge. Approximately 21,000
young people study in five faculties over three campuses, Am Neuen
Palais, Babelsberg, and Golm. The University of Potsdam has around
2,450 faculty and staff members.

Dr. Dirk Sachse
Emmy-Noether Research Group 'Paleohydrology'
Universität Potsdam, Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 27, Rm 2.28
14476 Potsdam-Golm
phone: +49-331-977-5841 * email: dirk.sachse at geo.uni-potsdam.de

web: bit.ly/sachse    bit.ly/paleohydrology  *

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