Vacatures & beurzen

Kijk hieronder voor vacatures binnen de palynologie/paleoecologie en voor de mogelijkheden voor beurzen en subsidies voor studenten.





PhD Position in Palaeoecology/Palaeoclimatology




We invite applications for a 3-year funded PhD studentship starting in October 2019 under the supervision of Dr Enrico Crema, as part of the ERC-funded project "ENCOUNTER: Demography, Cultural change, and the Diffusion of Rice and Millet during the Jomon-Yayoi transition in prehistoric Japan"

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join the project. The selected student will be jointly supervised by the PI of the project (Dr Enrico Crema, University of Cambridge) and by Professor Akihiro Yoshida (University of Kagoshima, Japan), and will analyse pollen records to reconstruct vegetation and land-cover change in the Japanese archipelago during the Jomon and Yayoi periods and explore its relation to subsistence and demographic changes.



The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The research group ‘ Terrestrial Environmental Systems' at AWI and the newly funded ERC Starting grant project SPACE (Space time structure of climate change,, in Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for

PhD or Postdoc (Spatial and temporal variability of vegetation & climate).

The position encompasses data analysis, and statistical and numerical modeling of the temporal and spatial variability in pollen records.

To understand how the Earth’s climate and environment has evolved over long time-scales, we investigate paleoclimate archive such as sediment cores. On land, pollen records recovered from lake sediments are the most extensive dataset available for the reconstruction of past landcover and climate change. Worldwide, several thousand pollen stratigraphies tell the history of the environment and related climate evolution of the last ten thousand and more years.

You will analyze the temporal and spatial variability of pollen records. This will allow deciphering the climate and non-climate factors controlling pollen records and their underlying vegetation. It will further provide estimates of decadal to millenial climate variability on land. A comparison with state of the art earth system models will provide a test to our present understanding of the climate and vegetation system. Tasks include the compilation and statistical analysis of multivariate datasets and the interpretation of the results using conceptual models, state-of-the art earth system model simulations and observations from remote sensing.

The position requires a MSc or PhD degree, respectively in physics, biology, mathematics, geosciences or a related field. You should have strong analytical skills and be interested in statistical data analysis and thinking across the disciplines of climate sciences, ecology and geology. Proficiency in statistics, in data analyses tools (e.g. R) and good English language skills are required. Previous experience with (paleo)climate research or pollen records and working with large datasets is an advantage. Furthermore, you should have good teamwork skills and the willingness to actively cooperate with a diverse international working group.
For more information, please contact Prof. Ulrike Herzschuh ( or Dr. Thomas Laepple (

Length of contract:
The position is offered for 3 years for a PhD or 2 years for a Postdoc. The starting date is flexible, earliest, starting December 1st, 2017. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (PhD: 66%, Postdoc: 100%).

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.
As Ph.D. student at AWI you will be member of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ ( or another graduate school.

The job will be based at the AWI in Potsdam. The institute is located on a historical scientific campus nearby the city center, which also hosts the GeoForschungsZentrum and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The city of Potsdam (~160,000 inhabitants) is more than 1000 years old and is located along the banks of the Havel River and the surrounding lakes. Potsdam is known for its splendid baroque architecture, its preserved palaces, gardens, as well as a scientific environment, which is unparalleled in all of Germany. Potsdam is only a couple of minutes away from Berlin and its cultural scene.

Application process:
Applications including CV and degree certificates and names and addresses of two referees should be submitted by October 15th, 2017 under the reference code 135/D/Geo-P via email (all documents merged into one PDF file) to:


Teaching and Research Assistant Archaeobotany (0.8 fte) (217059)


The Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) is a research body of the University of Groningen, a global top 100 University. The institute engages in research in Northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and the Polar regions, and stimulates and integrates fundamental research on past human societies and their environments, from Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to complex urban societies. The institute facilitates research and fieldwork through its laboratories and technical support teams. It is related to the Department of Archaeology where teaching takes place. For the fifth time in a row, teaching at the Department has been awarded the best BA Archaeology program in The Netherlands, while in 2016 also its MA was nominated.

Archaeobotany at the University of Groningen is an essential part of research and education. Archaeobotany is offered at BA and MA level and beyond. Research activities focus on the reconstruction of former vegetation and human impact, and on the reconstruction of former food economies during the late Pleistocene and Holocene with a cross-regional approach that spans from Western Europe to the Mediterranean region, the Near East and North Africa. Students and staff participate in fieldwork, including excavations and ethno-archaeobotanical research. Current research is mainly based on the analysis of plant macro remains (seeds s.l.), whereas GIA intends to continue with wood and pollen in the near future as well. The unit is facilitated with its own laboratory and an extensive reference collection of both recent plant material (over 40,000 accessions) and subfossil plant material (including many key sites of the Near East).

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Job description

The candidate works in close relation with the professor of Archaeobotany and a teaching and research assistant, and supports research and education activities.

The main tasks of the function are: • organizing and supporting the teaching and training activities in Archaeobotany, including lab courses of classes and individual students • analysis of plant remains (seeds, fruits and other identifiable plant parts) from archaeological sites from Western Europe, the Mediterranean region, the Near East and North Africa, preserved in wet and dry (charred and desiccated) conditions • curation of reference collections and of archaeobotanical samples • facilitating students to work in the laboratory • participation in fieldwork, research visits in the Netherlands and abroad (sometimes in remote locations) • support research output (articles, books, journal special issues, conferences) and grant applications • participation in outreach activities (especially aimed at high school students).


We are looking for a candidate with the following credentials: • proven expertise in Archaeology, Biology or related field • experience in botanical analysis in Europe and/or Mediterranean-Near East-North Africa • experience in education and research (support) • knowledge of instrument technology sufficient to use and maintain basic lab equipment • computer skills: database, basic statistics (Excel) and preferably some experience with social media, basic web design and maintenance • written and oral fluency in Dutch or ability and willingness to acquire reading and speaking skills in Dutch within two years of appointment • written and oral fluency in English (near native) • hands-on and practical approach to work, and no 9-5 mentality

• valid driving license • representative, client oriented personality • ability to work independently, within a team and under supervision.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen is offering a salary based on qualifications and experience between € 2,431 and € 3,247 (scale 8 Dutch Universities) gross per month for a fulltime position. The appointment will be initially for two years at 0.8 fte. Before the end of the temporary appointment, an assessment of performance will take place based on established criteria. A positive appraisal will lead to a permanent position. The position is defined according to the University Job Ranking profile 'Education/Research Officer 3’.

Job interviews will be held end of March 2017. Several interviews and/or a practical assignment can be part of the selection procedure.

How to apply Are you excited about working for a number 1 institute of a global top 100 University? Please apply for this position by submitting your application letter including your motivation, curriculum vitae, and publications (if applicable) until 10 March / before 11 March Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

Prof. René Cappers, +31 50 3636744,

(please do not use for applications)

Additional information

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VU Amsterdam: Assistant Professor Terrestrial Paleoecology, deadline December 8th 2016


 PhD in Palaeoethnobotany/Archaeobotany in Kiel; deadline Augst 19th

Max Planck Instut für Chemie is looking for PhD's and post docs for a new Max Planck Research Group in Terrestrial Palaeoclimates. More information:









3-year PhD position in PALYNOLOGY/PALAEOECOLOGY (75% / 30 h per week) at the Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria to commence as soon as possible and preferably not later than March 1st 2016 as part of the international collaborative project:





Archaeobotanist wanted, Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus (DK)

The natural sciences departement of Moesgaard Museum (Aarhus, Denmark) is looking for a team member who is specialized in macrobotanical remains for the next 2-3 years. Experience in uncharred remains is a pre.  

If you are interested in becoming a part of this team you can send an e-mail to Neeke Hammers ( or Peter Hambro Mikkelsen ( with a curriculum vitae and a moticvational letter (in English).


Studentensubsidies en beurzen


Bachelor of Master studenten hoeven slechts de helft van de jaarlijkse contributie te betalen om lid te worden/zijn van de Palynologische Kring.

Studentleden (BsC of MsC) kunnen een aanvraag indienen bij de penningmeester van de Palynologische Kring voor een terugbetaling van de helft van de inschrijfkosten van de Nederlands/Belgische Palynologendagen.

Jaarlijks heeft de Palynologische Kring een bedrag van maximaal 1000 euro ter beschikking voor studentenbeurzen. MsC- en PhD-studenten kunnen zich inschrijven voor een beurs ter waarde van het inschrijfgeld van een congres of cursus binnen het vakgebied. Gemotiveerde beursaanvragen kunnen ingezonden worden tot 31 maart. Daarna zal het bestuur zich buigen over de inzendingen en de beurzen toekennen. Meer informatie vind je hier of neem contact op met het secretariaat van de Palynologische Kring.

Every year, the Dutch Palynological Society makes an amount up to 1000 euro available for students scholarships. MsC-and PhD-students who are members of the Palynological Society can register for a scholarship worth the registration fee of a conference or course within the discipline. Motivated grant applications can be submitted until the 31st of March 2014. Afterwards, the board of the Palynological Society will consider the entries and award the scholarships. More information can be found on the website of the Dutch Palynological Society or contact the Secretariat of the Dutch Palynological Society.




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