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University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Environmental Geosciences
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a
University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Environmental Geosciences
Reference number: 10841
The Environmental Geochemistry Group of the Department of Environmental Geosciences (EDGE) within the newly established Center for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science at the University of Vienna is looking for a postdoctoral scientist who is interested to apply geochemistry to questions relating to the co-evolution of humans and the associated microbiome with their environment. Research interests in this area could, for example, include the preservation of environmental and ancient human and microbial DNA by association with mineral phases, the extraction of DNA from such phases, the elucidation of the interactions of DNA and nucleotides with mineral surface by spectroscopic methods, the isotopic tracing of human migration, or the application of non-traditional stable isotopes in this area. We have excellent laboratory infrastructure for trace metal analytics and mineral characterization, plant and microbial cultivation, a clean room laboratory and a MC-ICP-MS isotope lab as well as labs for experimental work in geochemistry. We are part of the MINERVA (Mineralogical Preservation of the Human Biome for the Depth of Time) research platform of the University of Vienna and collaborate closely with Prof. Ron Pinhasi (evolutionary anthropology).
The successful candidate is expected to develop research ideas in collaboration with the group, acquire funding, co-advise a group of PhD students and engage in teaching. Involvement in the department administration as well as in the research administration is required.
We look for geochemists, anthropologists or archaeologists with experiences in relevant areas of geochemistry, including mineral surface chemistry, isotope geochemistry (e.g., strontium isotopes), biogeochemistry, spectroscopy, etc. A Doctoral/PhD degree is required. Strong quantitative skills are highly desirable. Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential, German language skills are not needed.
We seek highly motivated individuals who aim to push boundaries in their research field. Applicants should have a creative, inquiring and enthusiastic personality and must have the ability to work independently and in a team. Please provide a letter of motivation, an academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses taught and a list of talks given), a description of research interests and a research agenda. Please include contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference.
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 30.06.2020, mentioning reference number 10841.
For further information please contact Krämer, Stephan +43-1-4277-53463.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.