PhD position, micropaleontology/paleoecology - Bremen, Germany

The Cluster of Excellence "Ocean Floor – Earth’s Uncharted Interface", hosted at the Research Faculty MARUM (Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences), at the University of Bremen, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position in the field of micropaleontology/paleoecology, within the framework of the project: Rates and patterns of adaptation to environmental change revealed by the fossil record of marine plankton.


The position is for three years. The earliest starting date is 1 January 2019. Salary corresponds to 66,6% TV-L E13. The employment is fixed-term and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 I (Wissenschaft szeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG).


The research concerns the evolution of adaptations in the fossil record of marine plankton obtained from sediment archives with co-registered information on abiotic and biotic change. Understanding adaptive response to environmental change in the past is critical for predicting the fate of marine ecosystems in the future, because the ability of marine organisms to persist and retain their functions under increasing intensity of global change depends on their capacity to adapt.

The research work in the project involves analysis of sediments from marine sediment cores, micropaleontological analyses, including extraction and identification of fossils, digital image analysis and computer-assisted biometry, data analysis by multivariate techniques, interpretation of results, integration of published data, preparation of scientific publications and presentations at international conferences.

The search is on for an enthusiastic, innovative and committed researcher with interest in marine micropaleontology and a background in quantitative paleoecology. The PhD student will be hosted by the Micropaleontology/Paleoceanography group at MARUM and supervised by a team of experienced scientists working within the Cluster of Excellence.

Additional training and support is provided by the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences, GLOMAR, which offers expert- and transferrable-skills courses, coaching, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to compete for additional internal funds. In this way, the PhD student will acquire a solid background across multiple disciplines of marine sciences.


- Completed MSc or equivalent degree in geosciences, ecology, or related fields
- Knowledge of micropalaeontology, (paleo)ecology, and (paleo)oceanography
- Interest in global environmental change and its interplay with ecology and evolution
- Affinity towards the applications of quantitative methods in (paleo)ecology
- Applicants should be fluent in English, have excellent writing skills and enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary team.


Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file (maximum size 2MB), quoting the reference number A255/18 and containing a letter of motivation, a CV including copies of certificates, a publication list if applicable, and contact information of two referees.

The call is open until the position is filled. The review of applications will commence on 1 November 2018.

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Michal Kucera
Universität Bremen
Postfach 33 04 40
D-28334 Bremen
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its gender and diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of female researchers. Applications from female candidates, international applications and applications by academics with a migration background are explicitly welcome. Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications will be given preference.