PhD position, sedimentol./geochem./paleoclim. - Rostock, Germany

A PhD position in sedimentology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology is available in the Department of Marine Geology at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) in Rostock, Germany.


The position is part-time (75%) and starts 15 February 2020. Employment is for three years.

Remuneration is paid in accordance with the TV-L salary scale at level EG 13 monthly gross salary.


The IOW is an independent institute of the Leibniz Association, engaged in system analysis of coastal and marginal seas, with special focus on the Baltic Sea.

The scientists of the four departments (Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology) cooperate within the framework of a joint research program.


Solar influences on Holocene climate are substantial and modified by varying climate boundary conditions. However, a complete understanding of possible sun-climate linkages also requires investigations within glacial climate periods.

The cosmogenic radionuclide 10Be is a proxy of both solar activity and paleointensity. Ice cores provide well-resolved records of 10Be, but do not carry a paleomagnetic signal. Sediment records provide independent records of both 10Be and paleointensity, but currently lack the temporal resolution for solar activity reconstruction. A pilot 10Be time-series from Black Sea sediments provided a record of multi-decadal 10Be production changes, complemented by a detailed record of geomagnetic field strength.


In the frame of the PhD work, high-resolution 10Be and paleointensity records are to be established from Black Sea sediments during three climatologically unique periods during the last and penultimate glacial.

Based on the resulting solar activity time-series possible spatial and temporal expressions of solar influences on climate will be systematically assessed.


- The successful candidate should hold a very good or good MSc in geology or geography.
- Expertise in sedimentology, geochemistry and paleoclimatology is of strong advantage.
- Excellent English language skills are expected, and the willingness to publish in international peer-review journals.
- Teamwork skills and active collaboration within the fields of chemistry, physics and meteorology are expected.
- The candidate should be willing to participate in ship cruises and field work as well as research stays abroad.


Applicants are asked to send their complete applications (CV, copies of certificates, references) quoting the Code: Geo 2/2019 by 12 January 2020 via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or posted to:

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
Dept. Human Resources
Seestraße 15
D-18119 Rostock

Applications of disabled persons with same professional and personal qualification will be treated preferentially. Please indicate a handicap in the cover letter and enclose the relevant certificate. The IOW promotes equal opportunities and has been awarded the Total Equality Certificate since 2013.

Applications of female candidates are expressly encouraged and will be treated preferably in case of equal qualifications and suitability. Our family office, equipped with computer workstation and toys, offers parents the opportunity to take children to the IOW for shorter time periods.

Further information

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research offers a varied work in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea. Interdisciplinary research topics on the Baltic Sea ecosystem, broad in-house expertise in physical, chemical and biological oceanography, and marine geology, state-of-the-art-laboratory equipment and infrastructure together with modern facilities provide an excellent framework for best research conditions. Application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

Questions about the position can be emailed to Markus Czymzik: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.