Palaeoecological Laboratory Manager

Jan 16, 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Geoecology Group (Prof. Heiri) of the Faculty of Science seeks a Palaeoecological Laboratory Manager


Your tasks

The responsibilities of the candidate will be to

  • Maintain our analytical instruments and perform sample analyses at highest international quality standards, also in collaboration with partner groups

  • Professionally manage our laboratory, maintain and develop sample preparation protocols and support students and postdocs in their analytical work

  • Chemically and manually prepare sediment samples for microfossil and geochemical analysis and contribute towards microscope identification and enumeration of microfossils (e.g. pollen, invertebrate remains, or diatoms)

  • Maintain fieldwork equipment for sampling of lake sediment and peat sequences as well as participate in and assist with planning of fieldwork campaigns

  • Support members of the group in analysing hydrobiological and limnological samples

  • Archive sediment cores, microfossil samples and data

  • Enforce university and group safety regulations



We are looking for a dynamic, reliable and motivated candidate with M.Sc./Diploma or PhD in natural sciences and ideally with experience in palaeoecological research, lake sediment sampling and/or microscope or geochemical analysis of microfossils in late Quaternary deposits. We expect the candidate to have experience with chemical sample preparation, fieldwork and basic light microscopy, and to possess a valid driver license. Proficiency in English and German is required.


Additional benefits

We offer an interesting position in an international, interdisciplinary research environment in Basel as well as international working experiences. The initial position is limited to two years but will be extended to a permanent contract if positively evaluated after two years. Salary and social benefits are provided according to University of Basel rules.


Application / Contact

Please send your complete application (CV, letter of motivation, two reference contacts) to The position is open starting 1 July 2018. Applications will be considered immediately but no longer than 15 February 2018.

Further information can be obtained from the future leader of the Geoecology group Prof. Oliver Heiri ( and/or Dr. Stefanie von Fumetti (

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity. To increase the number of women in leading academic positions the university strongly encourages applications from women.

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