Postdoctoral position in Paleoceanography, Concepcion, Chile

The Research Center Dynamics of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL) invites applications from outstanding young scientists for a 2-year postdoctoral position in paleoceanography to participate in a research project aimed at reconstructing marine environmental change at various timescales in Antarctic and Subantarctic regions.

The successful candidate will integrate the team of the Center’s Research Line 1 Marine productivity in a changing ocean. He/she will be involved in multi-proxy studies aimed at reconstructing past trends in ocean productivity, circulation, sea ice variability, ocean temperature, and the impact of freshwater input from rivers and meltwater into subantarctic (mainly Magellan region) and Antarctic marine systems, based on Quaternary high-latitude sediments. Micropaleontological analyses are key to the project, and hence the candidate is expected to have advanced knowledge in marine micropaleontology, mostly marine diatoms and diatom-based paleoceanographic reconstructions.

The position will be based at the University of Concepción (IDEAL’s associate institution), city of Concepción, Bio-Bio Region, Chile, and will involve working in close collaboration with colleagues at our partner institution, the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI-Bremerhaven).


- A relevant PhD degree in Natural/Earth Sciences obtained within the past 5 years. Candidates who have recently submitted their PhD thesis and will obtain the degree before appointment are also eligible for the position.
- A proven record in paleoclimate/paleoceanography research, demonstrated by publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
- Demonstrated expertise in marine micropaleontology (mainly diatoms).
- Good knowledge of data processing and statistics.
- Experience in working with marine sediment core records, preferably from high latitudes.
- A strong interest in the application/interpretation of biomarkers and/or stable isotopes as tools for paleoceanographic reconstruction will be considered an advantage.
- Previous sea-going experience is welcome.
- Proficiency in English is required as well as excellent organization and communication skills. An interest in achieving a basic understanding of Spanish is expected.


The application must include: i) Letter of motivation. ii) Statement describing previous research experience including field and laboratory skills, and future research interests. iii) Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications indicating journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science. iv) Names and contact information of at least two referees.v) Copy of PhD diploma, as well as any other material that can document qualifications at the postdoctoral level.

Applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. referencing “Application to RP1-IDEAL postdoctoral position paleoceanography”.

The earliest start date is December 1, 2017; however, a later start date is negotiable (but no later than March 1, 2018).

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Institution: Center IDEAL, University of Concepcion
Country: Chile
Closing date for applications: 20 October 2017
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