Research Associate (PhD Candidate) ~

24 de julio de 2012

Research Associate (PhD Candidate)

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Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung has an international reputation in all fields of Natural History research. It runs six research institutes and three museums in Germany and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.

In the frame of the DFG project ‚Integrating Short- and Long-Term Bioerosion Processes (Greece)‘ we are seeking for a motivated

Research Associate (PhD Candidate)

Your Tasks:
•       Carrying out a microbioeroder colonisation experiment in the tidal and supra-tidal zone at Rhodes Island (Greece; three field sessions of several weeks)
•       Evaluation of the spectrum of microbioerosion traces with the aid of epoxy cast embedding and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
•       Assessment of bioerosion rates based on two previous bioerosion experiments via precision scaling and micro computed tomography (micro-CT)
•       Statistical integration of long- and short-term bioerosion rates
•       Interpretation of bioerosion traces with respect to bathymetrical and longitudinal gradients
•       Presentation of results at international meetings, and publication in international journals

Your Profile:
•       Bio- or geoscientist with MSc degree or equivalent
•       Interest in interdisciplinary research at the interface of bio- and geoscience
•       Motivation and ability to work accurate and well-organized
•       Talent in technical matters for handling SEM and micro-CT
•       Readiness for several weeks of fieldwork
•       Solid command of spoken and written English

Salary and benefits are according to public service positions in Germany TV-H E13 (50%) for a period of 3 years starting latest by the end of 2012. The candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the University Bremen. Place of work is Senckenberg am Meer in Wilhelmshaven (Germany).

The Senckenberg Research Institute supports equal opportunity of men and women and therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants will be given preference. The art of handicap should not prevent work needed to conduct the research.

Please send applications by mail or (preferably) e-mail, mentioning the reference no. of this position including a cover letter describing your motivation to apply, a detailed CV, until 24th
August 2012 to:

Mrs. Britta Werner
Head of Personnel and Social Affairs Division
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt/Main
or by email to

For inquiries please contact Dr. Max Wisshak:

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