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Postdoctoral Scientist, Geochemistry / Experimental Paleobotany, University of Bonn Germany

We are seeking a young, highly motivated, innovative, and independent postdoctoral researcher for the experimental fossilization of wood at the Steinmann Institute of the University of Bonn in Germany. The applicant should hold a recent Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or in a closely related field and have a research profile with several publications in international journals in low-temperature geochemistry or experimental paleontology. Important is documented experience with the EPMA, expertise in geochemistry, and an interest in applying experimental and analytical methods to elucidate the silicification of fossil and recent wood.

The Steinmann Institute is a leading geoscience research department in Germany, with active low and high-temperature experimental petrology, analytical geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleobotany. Our silicification project is part of a larger Research Unit on Fossilization funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft at the University of Bonn. The postdoctoral position is available initially for a period of 2 years but may be renewed for one additional year. Salary will be on the TV-L E13 level and will depend on age, marital status, and experience.

Review of applications begin on January 1, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Your application should include a complete CV, list of publications, a description of your past and future research interests, and the names and contact details of three potential referees. Please email as a pdf to both PD Dr. Carole Gee ( and Prof. Dr. Chris Ballhaus (