■The offer of a job: Junior Research Group Leader

Dead line of application: 28 Mar 2013

The University of Bremen, a mid-sized university with approximately 250
professorships and 19,000 students, offers a broad range of disciplines and
competes internationally in top-level research. With its ambitious
institutional strategy the university was successful in the national
Excellence Initiative as one of only eleven universities in Germany.
Junior Research Groups funded by the Excellence Initiative strengthen the
university’s capacity for innovation. They will be established in fields of
close collaboration with our highly renowned research partners and thereby
offer rewarding research opportunities and career prospects for
excellent junior researchers.

Candidates exhibiting excellent doctorate credentials and the ability to
successfully design and lead a cutting-edge research project are encouraged
to apply. Group leaders will receive a competitive salary and a generous
budget for research assistants and other costs directly incurred by the
project. Junior group leaders at the University of Bremen can be
temporarily granted the title of a professor and the right to independently
supervise doctoral theses. Teaching (in English or German) is only required
for two hours per week during terms, starting in the second year.

The University of Bremen is offering – conditional to the release of
budgetary funds –
the following position for a
1.  Junior Research Group Leader
2. “Coastal Development and Sea Level Change in Tropical Areas”
3. Salary group E14/15 (for three years with the option of an extension)
4. reference number: A30/13

Tropical coastlines and their ecosystems are highly vulnerable to sea level
change. The overarching goal of the junior research group will be to
evaluate modern and projected regional sea-level changes along tropical
coasts within the framework of past natural variations. The focus should be
on sea-level changes on timescales of societal relevance. Potential
geoscientific methods to assess past sea-level variations include
sedimentology, (pal)ecology, palynology, geochemistry, as well as
numerical modelling
and GIS. The group is expected to interact with working groups at MARUM and
the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology to act as a bridge between
the institutions.

For further inquiries please contact
The Director of the MARUM, Professor Michael Schulz (mschulz@marum.de(@を半角に変えてください)),
phone +49-421-218-65500 or
The Director of ZMT, Professor Hildegard Westphal (
director.zmt@zmt-bremen.de(@を半角に変えてください)), phone +49-421-23800-21.

The applicant is expected to readily cooperate with other research areas
within and outside the University of Bremen and to acquire additional
third-party funds.
Selection procedures and implementation of the junior research groups with
an envisaged duration of five years are oriented on the model of Emmy
Noether junior research groups of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Requirements are: excellent doctorate credentials, publications in
peer-reviewed international journals or other comparable publications, and
a minimum of one year postdoctoral experience. Candidates should ideally
have gained some of their expertise while working abroad for several months
during the doctoral or postdoctoral phase. Applications may only be
submitted within five years after obtaining the doctorate. Family leave
will be taken into consideration. The doctorate should not have been
attained at the University of Bremen, otherwise at least two years of
postdoctoral research at another institution are required. Junior research
group leaders may be assigned up to 2.5 additional research positions and
will receive funds for equipment, consumables and student assistants.

Please send your application by email. Applications must include:
1. a CV
2. a short statement of research achievements
3. a five-year project plan. The project plan should address the following
points: State of the art, own preliminary work, objectives, work program
(including time table and cost projection) and project requirements
(maximum 10 pages).
4. three of your key publications as pdf files
5. contact details of at least three referees

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its gender and
diversity policies and is particularly aiming to increase the number of
female researchers. Applications from female candidates, international
applications and applications of academics with a migration background are
explicitly welcome.
Disabled persons with the same professional and personal qualifications
will be given preference.
Please send your application (with reference number A30/13) not later than
2013-03-28 to