Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Call for Applications: PhD Position in Palaeoclimatology at Heidelberg University

HeidelbergThe Heidelberg Center for the Environment (HCE) at Heidelberg University invites applications for a PhD position in Palaeoclimatology within the Junior Research Group (JRG) “Environment and Society.” The position will start on September 1st 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter, and is awarded for 3 years. Although Heidelberg University does not charge tuition, the position is remunerated according to the TVL 13 scale, and includes a fully equipped work space, access to travel funds, and laboratory facilities. The JRG investigates the co-development and entanglement of society and environment, with a focus on historical famines. It is interdisciplinary in scope and combines approaches of palaeoclimatology and geoarchaeology with environmental history.

The successful applicant is expected to complete a Ph.D. focussing on the reconstruction of historical climates based on multiproxy climate archives. Successful applicants should hold a Master’s degree in geography, geoarchaeology, earth sciences or environmental physics. They should have received training in climate modelling and/or palaeoclimate dynamics. Previous experience of interpreting and collecting multiproxy climate archives is desirable but not mandatory. Applications must include a cover letter, CV, academic transcripts, a short statement of research interests (in English or German), and one letter of recommendation (sent separately). Heidelberg University is an equal opportunity employer and wishes to promote equality at all levels.

Potential candidates can contact the group leader Dr. Dominik Collet ( <>) for more information. The deadline for applications is June 30th 2013, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF to the following address: <>


About D Degroot

I am an assistant professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. My research explores flexibility and resilience in the face of climate change across the early modern world. I am the co-administrator of the Climate History Network, and the administrator of For more about my work, visit

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