PhD Position in Life Sciences, University of Goettingen, Germany

A PhD Position in Life Sciences is available within the Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences - Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics, University of Goettingen under the supervision of Prof. Hermann Behling.

Job Description

In order to obtain a deep understanding of future environment/ecosystem interactions in tropical ecosystems a long-term perspective of the interaction between climate changes, human impact and vegetation dynamics is needed. Despite this the majority of research projects dealing with conservation and rehabilitation of tropical biodiversity and ecosystems are based on short-term datasets rarely spanning more than the century timescale. A multi-proxies approach will be applied in order to better correlate and interpreted the results obtain from the singular palaeoecological method. The student will work on pollen surface samples and sediment cores, data analysis and interpretation of the pollen and spore data with the aim to obtain a detailed reconstruction of the vegetation, climate and environmental changes in Indonesia.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants are expected to have/gain a master or diploma in biology or related disciplines, knowledge and experience with palynological work methods, multivariate data analysis, interpretation of pollen and spores data, and data processing software programs. Teamwork, availability for periods of fieldwork in the tropics, good knowledge of English (mother tongue, equivalent knowledge or TOEFL minimum score 80 or IELTS minimum score 6 valid certification) and a willingness to work in an international research environment is also expected.
Interviews will be hold in Goettingen with the selected candidates in the first two weeks of March at the latest.

Application Procedure

To apply please send a CV, a covering letter together with usual documents to

Prof. Dr. Hermann Behling
Department of Palynology and Climate Dynamics
University of Goettingen
Lower Karspuele 2, 37073 Goettingen
(0551) 39-5728


Documents must be copies of originals. The documents will be destroyed after a retention period of five months. The University strives in areas where women are underrepresented, therefore to balance the proportion, qualified women are explicitly encourages to apply. Severely disabled persons will be given preference when equally qualified.

Note, application deadline to the PhD Position in Life Sciences, University of Goettingen, Germany is 29 February, 2012.

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