Within the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG) priority program IODP, two PhD positions are funded that aim (1) to separate the temperature and ice-volume signal and to reconstruct sea level across the Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene intensification of northern hemisphere glaciation and (2) to reconstruct intermediate- to deep-water formation and ocean circulation in the Late Cretaceous to Paleocene Atlantic Ocean. Methods will mainly include geochemical proxies like stable isotopes, Nd-isotopes and Mg/Ca. The Institute of Geosciences provides access to a wide range of research infrastructure, including state-of-the-art geochemistry and micropaleontology laboratories and technical staff.
Candidates should have a MSc degree (or equivalent) in geology or a closely related discipline (e.g., biology), and a strong motivation for research. A background in marine micropaleontology and/or geochemistry is required.
The initial appointment is for two years starting November 2012 or soon thereafter, with a possible extension of one year depending on performance and continued DFG funding of the projects. Salary and social security benefits are according to the German standard for the public service (75% of TV-G-U E13).
Applications (including CV, statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of three references) should be sent electronically to Prof. Silke Voigt (email: email@example.com) or Dr. Oliver Friedrich (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). The closing date for applications is 25th September 2012.
For additional information contact Prof. Silke Voigt or Dr. Oliver Friedrich. Information about the sedimentology research group: http://www.geol-pal.uni-frankfurt.de/Staff/Homepages/Voigt/Voigt.html
Information about the Emmy Noether research group: http://www.geol-pal.uni-frankfurt.de/staff/homepages/Friedrich/Friedrich.html