Paleonet: Postdoc position on Biotic Consequences of Temperature-Related Stresses Across Temporal Scales

Kenneth De Baets kenneth.debaets at
Wed Apr 13 13:53:59 UTC 2016

 Dear colleagues,

We seek a motivated and talented researcher for a Postdoc position in the
DFG founded project on “Biotic consequences of temperature-related stresses
across temporal scales (TRS-data)”. The position is temporary for 36 months
(TV-L E13) and is anticipated to start in July 2016. Place of work is the
GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg,

This project is one of eight projects embedded in the interdisciplinary,
mulit-institutional Research Unit FOR 2332 TERSANE: *Te*mperature-*R*elated
*S*tresses as a Unifying Principle in *An*cient *E*xtinctions. The research
unit combines high-resolution geological field studies with meta-analyses,
physiological studies and sophisticated analysis of fossil occurrence data
on ancient hyperthermal events to reveal the rate and magnitude of warming,
potential causes, impact on marine life, and the mechanisms which led to
ecological change and extinction. Geochemistry, analytical palaeobiology
and physiology comprise our main toolkits. More information on TERSANE is
available at:

*Tasks*: The successful candidate will be involved in (1) meta-analyses on
the synergetic effects of warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on the
performance of extant marine organisms; (2) the analysis of primary fossil
occurrence data to evaluate the physiological and biogeographic selectivity
of the end-Permian and Early Jurassic extinctions; (3) the assessment of
ancient rates of climate and environmental changes from local sections and
global data considering the effects of temporal scaling; and (4)
integration of research findings in individual projects to evaluate the
commonality of patterns and eco-physiological selectivity of extinctions as
visible in paleo- and extant data. Applicants are expected to participate
in the weekly informal seminar, annual workshops and international summer
schools with others members of the research unit.


Mandatory requirements are:

   - PhD degree in geology or biology
   - Advanced knowledge of statistics and R programming
   - High degree of initiative and motivation
   - Ability to work as part of a team
   - Fluent in English

Desirable are:

   - Background in invertebrate palaeontology
   - Experience in meta-analyses

Please submit your application in electronic form (including curriculum
vitae, list of publications, statement of research interests; keyword
"TRS-data") by 10 May 2016 to

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kiessling (chair)

Section Palaeobiology/Palaeoenvironments

GeoZentrum Nordbayern

Loewenichstr. 28

91054 Erlangen, Germany

E-mail: Wolfgang.kiessling at

Dr. Kenneth De Baets
GeoZentrum Nordbayern
Fachgruppe PaläoUmwelt
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Loewenichstraße 28
91054 Erlangen
Telefon: ++49 9131 / 85-22906
Fax: ++49 9131 / 85-22690
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