Postdoctoral researcher (4-years) in Paleoclimatology -Holocene Hydroclimate variability in SW Asia

100% / starting date 01 May 2024

The research group Quaternary Geology at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel ( invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of Paleoclimatology and Paleoenvironment. The Postdoc-position is part of the recently funded SNSF Sinergia Project “ Holocene hydroclimate, drought dynamics and environmental changes recorded in multiple archives from SW Asia (MITRA)”.

Your position

The successful candidate will investigate and establish relationships between climate, environment and human activity in SW-Asia (mainly Turkey, Iraq and Iran) during the Holocene period. The synthesis of paleoenvironmental reconstructions obtained through MITRA and archaeological and historical data will be a milestone of the project, which can only be achieved through frequent and efficient exchanges between MITRA members and associated scientists. To achieve this milestone, the candidate is expected to maintain very close links to the paleoclimatologists, meteorologists, archaeologists and historians involved in the multi-disciplinary SNSF Sinergia Project MITRA. The postdoctoral researcher will also act as project manager and spend around 25 % of its time to organize regular internal meetings, international workshops and to maintain the MITRA project webpage.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly-motivated and proactive candidate with a PhD in geosciences, environmental archaeology, geosciences or environmental sciences. Suitable candidates should have a background and profound interest in archaeology and paleoenvironmental research. The ability to work both independently and within our team, as well as excellent communication and management skills, including fluency in English, are essential.

We offer you

The postdoctoral position (100%) is funded for 4 years and will be based at the Department of Environmental Science, University of Basel. We offer an international, multidisciplinary and vibrant work environment and superb infrastructure. The project has an envisioned start date of 01 May 2024.

Application / Contact
Please submit your complete application documents, including (i) letter of your research interests and motivation for applying to this position, your experience and skills, (ii) CV, (iii) contact details of two references, and (iv) transcripts of diplomas and PhD-degrees (if available) via our online recruiting platform. We accept only online applications.
For further information and enquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Dominik Fleitmann ( Reviews of applications will begin in the 15th of March 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.