University of Cologne | Research Assistant in Micropalaeontology

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Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Research Assistant in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology

Institute of Geology and Mineralogy Working Group on Micropalaeontology and Palaeoecology (MicPal)

With approximately 50,000 students, the University of Cologne is one of the largest universities in Germany and ranks
among the Excellence Universities. It employs over 600 professors and 7,000 academic and non-academic staff.

Foraminifera and their use in palaeonvironmental reconstruction are at the center of the research agenda of the newly established MicPal working group at the University of Cologne. Particular focus is given to Neogene palaecology, palaeoclimatology and palaeoceanography.

» to be a member of the MicPal team with responsibilities in research and teaching including lectures as well as field courses (undergraduate and graduate levels)
» to provide your expertise to other members of the working group and to help with the supervision of Bachelor-, Master- and Ph.D. students
» to develop your own research programme in the field of micropalaeontology, dedicated to innovative ways to advance foraminiferal research and its application to the fossil record of the Cenozoic (for focal points of our research, please visit
» to participate in field trips and sea-going expeditions related to the working group’s research Mitarbeit in Forschung und Lehre in den Arbeitsgebieten de

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» highly motivated, team-oriented person with a profound background in foraminiferal research
» Ph.D. in Micropalaeontology with basic training in either Geology or Biology
» solid record of peer-reviewed publications
» Skills in foraminiferal taxonomy, foraminiferal palaeobiology and statistical analyses
» expertise in one or several of the following fields of research is advantageous: morphometric analyses, CT-scanning, evolution & phylogeny of foraminifera, biomineralization & geochemistry, foraminifera-based proxy development, palaeoenvironmental, palaeoclimatic and/or palaeoceanographic reconstruction
» prior knowledge of (at least basic) German is advantageous Jtisches Staatsexamen mit überdurchschnittlichem
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» full equipped working space with full access to the lab infrastructure (sample preparation, state-of-the-art stereo microscopes, brand-new scanning electron microscope Zeiss Sigma 300 VP).
» a diverse and fair working environment
» support in reconciling work and family life
» flexible working time models
» extensive advanced training opportunities
» occupational health management offers
» local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees
The position is available from the 1. May 2018 on a full-time postdoctoral basis. It is initially limited to a term of 3 years with the possibility of extension. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.
The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly
encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.
Please send your convincing application including brief statements on motivation, research interests, ongoing research, ideas for future research, a CV, a list of publications, copies of certificates, and contact information for three referees by email (in one pdf-file) with the
reference number Wiss1801-07 to Prof. Patrick Grunert ( The application deadline is the 28. February 2018.”

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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)