PhD Studentship, Organic Isotope Geochemistry, Bremen, Germany

MARUM (Center for Marine Environmental Sciences), University of Bremen, Germany, has an opening for a fully-funded three-year position for a PhD student.


The preferred starting date is 1 July 2018. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from people with migration backgrounds are also explicitly encouraged. The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, § 2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification priority will be given to disabled persons.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with the federal German employee scale TV-L E13 (66.6%).


In the joint German-South African interdisciplinary BMBF-funded project "Tracing Human and Climate impacts in South Africa (TRACES)", a three-year position for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD student in the field of Organic Isotope Geochemistry and Environmental Chemistry is available.

The successful candidate will reconstruct hydrological and vegetation changes in eastern South African reservoirs, rivers, and swamp systems affected to a variable degree by anthropogenic activities using compound-specific isotope analyses in conjunction with analyses of organic pollution markers.

The PhD student will strongly cooperate with national and international project partners working on sediment dating, inorganic geochemistry, palynology, and biological diversity. Participation in field campaigns as well as an extended stay at a South African partner university (Wits University) is planned. Presentations at workshops and conferences and preparation of manuscripts for scientific publications are expected.


- Master (MSc) or 'Diploma' degreein Earth science, geochemistry, environmental chemistry or a related field
- Experience in organic geochemistry and/or isotope geochemistry
- Strong English communication skills and proficiency in writing
- The successful candidate should have the ability for interdisciplinary work, participation in fieldtrips, presentation of results at (inter)-national meetings, and writing of manuscripts.


Applications should include a CV, copies of relevant documents, a statement describing research interests, motivation and experience, and contact information for two references. Please only provide copies, as documents cannot be returned and will be destroyed after the application process.

Review of applications will begin 14 May 2018 but the position will remain open until filled.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to:

Dr. Enno Schefuß
MARUM – Center of Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen
Leobener Straße 8
D-28359 Bremen

or electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.