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Student assistant (m/f/d) in the field of microfossil analysis

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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13 Oct 2023

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Earth Science
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Research Assistant
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Part time
Fixed term

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Studentische Hilfskräfte

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The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Job description:Student assistant (m/f/d) in the field of microfossil analysis

The research area of our research group at the AWI in Potsdam (Polar Terrestrial Environmental System) includes analyzes of ecosystem changes in Siberia (mainly related to vegetation and plankton). We work both on long time scales (the last 10,000 - 40,000 years) and on current changes in e.g. plant communities in the Arctic. In addition to traditional methods such as pollen grain analysis, which require the highest level of concentration and cleanliness to carry out and safe work with highly concentrated acids, we also carry out molecular genetic methods on sedimentary DNA and compare the information about spatial and temporal changes in the vegetation composition from both methods.

  • Preparation of sediment samples for charcoal identification
  • Preparation of sediment samples for pollen grain analysis

If you are interested in the topic and have basic knowledge of biological/chemical laboratory processes, I would be happy to hear from you.
The preparation of a bachelor's or master's thesis (e.g. students of biology, environmental or geosciences) during the time as a student assistant at the institute is desirable.

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You are interested?
Then please send us your application with Cover letter and CV (with all documents merged into one PDF file) by e-mail to: Dr. Kathleen Stoof-Leichsenring (; 0331-58174-5662).For further information please contact Dr. Kathleen Stoof-Leichsenring.

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