Postdoc Assistant, Late Quaternary Paleoecology/Geoecology, Basel, Switzerland

A Postdoctoral Assistant position in Late Quaternary Paleoecology and Geoecology is being offered at the University of Basel, Switzerland.


- Level of employment: 100%.
- Possible date of entry: August 2018.
- The university offers this position for a maximum six years in an international and interdisciplinary research environment.
- The position will initially be for two years with the option of a four-year extension, depending on the performance of the candidate.
- Salary and social benefits are provided according to University of Basel rules.


The Geoecology group (Prof. Oliver Heiri) of University of Basel is looking for an advanced postdoctoral researcher/assistant to strengthen its paleoecological research team. The group focuses on past biotic changes as analogues for future ecosystem and species responses to environmental change, environmental and ecosystem reconstruction based on biotic indicators, and assessing present and past species-environment relationships.

The successful candidate will strengthen the research profile of the group by contributing to ongoing research efforts, developing independent projects and research collaborations and supporting permanent staff in supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students working at the Geoecology group. The successful candidate will also contribute to the Geoecology group's teaching.


- The university is looking for a dynamic, reliable and motivated candidate with a PhD in biology, environmental sciences, Quaternary sciences or related disciplines and research experience at the postdoctoral level.
- A basic background in palaeoecological research is expected and candidates should be experienced in working with one or several biotic proxies that can be analyzed in late Quaternary environmental archives such as lake sediment records.
- Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in species-environment relationships and paleoenvironmental reconstruction based on biotic proxy indicators.
- English language skills (written and oral) are required.


Please send your complete application (CV, letter of motivation, contact information of three references) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The position will remain open until filled, with a first evaluation of applications scheduled for 4 May 2018.

Further information

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Further information can be obtained from Prof. Oliver Heiri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr. Stefanie von Fumetti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).