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Research assistant (postdoc) (m/f/d) Position in Paleontology full-time job limited to 4 years

Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin

News vom 08.05.2024

Research assistant (postdoc) (m/f/d) Position in Paleontology full-time job limited to 4 years Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU reference code: PALAEO_AS_24

Bewerbungsende: 03.06.2024

The Institute of Geological Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for a Research Assistant position in Paleontology. This is a full-time, four-year position offering an exciting opportunity to join the Paleoclimate Research Group led by Prof. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr. The research of the group aims to enhance comprehension of the Earth system's temporal evolution, emphasizing the interplay of climate processes across various latitudes and the interconnections between marine and terrestrial climate systems. This understanding facilitates the evaluation of future scenarios in a world increasingly influenced by human activities.
The successful candidate will contribute to interdisciplinary research in paleontology, paleoclimatology, paleocoelcogy and related fields, focusing on understanding past climates and ecosystems.

Job description:
We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Researcher to join our team for a four-year period, starting at the beginning of the fall semester of 2024 (1. October 2024). In this role, the successful candidate will have the chance to establish their own research line within the Paleoclimate Research Group. Potential research focuses include Invertebrate Paleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology, or Paleoanthropology topics. We particularly welcome applicants with an interdisciplinary approach to paleontology research, incorporating methods from petrology, sedimentology, and geochemistry or other related fields. This position offers an exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and career advancement in a dynamic research environment. The prospective candidate is required to teach four hours per week during the semester related to (micro)-facies analysis, paleoecology, micropaleontology and general paleontology.

Your tasks:
- Develop and implement independent research projects in the general field of paleontology,

with focus on past ecosystems and climates.
- Participate in research projects within the Paleoclimatology working group
- Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present at conferences.
- Collaborate with team members, participate in group meetings and seminars.
- Teach undergraduate courses (typically 2-3 courses per semester).
- Raise external research funds
- mentor undergraduate and doctoral students, and supervise visitors
- Contribute to departmental and institutional service and outreach activities.

We offer:
- Competitive salary according to German civil servant grouping (TVL-E13).
- Access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
- Opportunities for professional development and networking.
- Flexible working hours within a family-friendly environment.
- Vibrant academic community in Berlin.
- Career training and development opportunities at Dahlem Center for Academic Teaching.

- The opportunity to earn scientific qualification will be given.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Paleontology, Earth Sciences with specialization in paleontology or a closely related field


  • Excellent publication record commensurate to their experience level
  • Previous post-doctoral experience is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and team working skills.
  • The working language in the Paleoclimatology working group is English. German language skills would be advantageous but are not a requirement at the time of the appointment.
  • Valid driving license (German code: B or equivalent).

Weitere Informationen

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF file via email to Prof. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr by 03.06.2024. The application should include:

- Curriculum vitae (CV).
- Complete List of publications.
- Cover letter quoting the req. no. PALAEO_AS_24.
- A short (2 pages max.) statement about research interests and plans.
- Copies of degree certifications.
- Contact information for two professional references.

The Freie Universität Berlin strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. Part-time options are generally available.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered.

Please note, that the Freie Universität Berlin does not cover travel expenses for job interviews.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr (stefanie.kaboth-bahr@fu-berlin.de / +403083850174).

Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code, in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr: stefanie.kaboth-bahr@fu-berlin.de or postal to

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geowissenschaften
Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften
Frau Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr

Malteserstr. 74-100
Haus D, 12249 Berlin (Lankwitz)

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