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Giessen: PhD position 1: Evol of Pontocaspian biota PDF Tisk Email
JOB 1: Early Stage Researcher ESR B3
Institute/ Supervisor Giessen – Christian Albrecht
Drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity Rise and Demise: satellite regions
as source/sinks of Pontocaspian biota
The Justus Liebig University Giessen is looking for prospective
candidates with a background in phylogenetics and biogeography and
an interest in interdisciplinary palaeoenvironmental and biodiversity
research in the Pontocaspian region (Black Sea, Caspian Sea and Anatolia
and surroundings).
The successful candidate will be employed as researcher without a PhD
and enrolled as PhD student to complete a PhD thesis within the contract
period of 3 years to assess the role of satellite regions (Anatolian and
possibly Balkan lake systems) in the evolution of Pontocaspian biota
over the past 3 Ma. Lakes and Quaternary lake deposits in Anatolia
and the Balkans contain various groups of Pontocaspian taxa. However,
it remains largely unknown whether these satellite areas served as
sink or source (cf. refuges) for Pontocaspian biota. Combined molecular
phylogenetic analyses of extant Pontocaspian species from Anatolian and
Balkan lakes with a rigorous updated study of fossil occurrences and
their depositional/geochemical context in these lake basins will allow
testing their role as sinks and/or sources. The environmental context
of biotic change in selected lake successions will be determined through
sedimentological and geochemical analyses and compared with ostracod data
through parallel projects. The successful applicant will test the role of
selected satellite regions as sources/sinks of Pontocaspian biota using
fossil‐calibrates molecular clock approaches and phylogeographical
analyses (gene‐flow analyses and ancestral area reconstructions). This
project will include a combined secondment at Naturalis Biodiversity
Center and GiMaRIS in Leiden (NL) to study fossil molluscs and to train
for conservation biodiversity assessment techniques. The candidate will
enroll in an extensive Network Training Program.
Research Fields 
Comparative biogeography, phylogeography, biodiversity, paleontology,
Career Stage
Early stage researcher or 04 yrs (Post graduate)
Research Profiles 
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Type of contract 
Temporary employment with the Federal State of Hesse. Full time 40 hrs/wk
Salary a month/year
A salary that matches the MSCAITN and local rules,
a monthly mobility allowance of 600,gross and a possible monthly
family allowance of 500,gross.
In accordance with Marie Sklodowska Curie Regulations
Information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions is available at
Financial and other technical information is available at
Address details of workplace
Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics
Systematics and Biodiversity Group
Justus Liebig University Giessen
H.-Buff-Ring 26-32 (IFZ)
D-35392 Giessen, Germany
Specific demands from your country/ institute
Ability to work in an internationally oriented environment, including
fluency in EnglishÍž M.Sc. in relevant field
Applicants are invited to submit the following documents:
    Letter of application (max 2 pages);
    Resume (Curriculum vitae);
    The names, position and e-mail addresses of at least two persons
    that can be contacted for reference; List of publications, including
    submitted manuscripts or papers in press, if any; Transcript of BSc
    and MSc diploma.
The required documents should be submitted by email to

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