Job opening: Early Stage Researcher in the field of micropalaeontology

Job Opening: Early Stage Researcher within the PRIDE project

For PRIDE we are seeking an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the field of micropalaeontology. The PRIDE program combines climate-, geo- and bio-sciences and is conducted by 15 ESRs. From 2015 to 2019 we investigate the evolution and demise of lake systems and biota in the Black Sea, Caspian Sea and surroundings. Due to the leave of one of the ESRs we are seeking a new ESR for the period of 29 months.

You will be working on the project B2: palaeoenvironmental drivers of ostracod biodiversity change. You will be hosted at the University of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania, for a period of 29 months. Your job will be to perform the research project and to participate in an extensive training programme that includes six network training events (NTE’s), paid for by the program. During your project you will also be performing one or two secondment(s), a period where you will work in one of the cooperating institutes. You will enrol in the post-graduate programs of the respective or associated universities. 

You will be employed as a Geologist and will be enrolled as PhD student and will have a contract period of 29 months. You will assess palaeoenvironmental drivers of ostracod biodiversity change in Pontocaspian Basins (Black Sea, Caspian Sea) in the past 3 Ma. Ostracods are very sensitive to environmental (e.g. salinity) change. Major salinity changes occurred in successive lake phases during the Quaternary and faunal exchange occurred in episodic connections between basins. This project will focus on environmental drivers of ostracod turnover at the onset of the modern Pontocaspian system, the last glacial cycle and the Holocene of the Caspian‐Black Sea basins. For each period the composition and diversity of faunas will be assessed from a number of sections and boreholes and compared to the sedimentary record and to mollusk fauna changes in the same sections in order to identify drivers of turnover, including anthropogenic drivers. Also, ostracod successions in satellite basins in Anatolia and the Balkans will be studied to elucidate the role of these regions as source/sinks of Pontocaspian biota. Obtained time series will be used to explore  the environmental context and drivers of faunal change. This project will include a secondment at Utrecht University (NL) for biostratigraphic application of the ostracod data. 

The PRIDE program will offer you a very unique opportunity to deeply engage into a multidisciplinary network where climate, geo- and biosciences will come together and that involves excellent institutes in the EU as well as in the Pontocaspian Region (Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey). 


Anyone is invited to apply under two conditions. (1) You should not have resided in the Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (and not have carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania) and (2) you should have an MSc diploma and be - at the date of recruitment - an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of your research career and not have a doctoral degree).

Excellent written and spoken English (English language assessment certificate, e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge).

We are looking for candidates that are available on a short notice.


According to the MSCA-ITN rules; c. € 2124/month + € 600/month Mobility + € 500/month Family Allowance (if applicable)

Information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) is available at:

Type of contract

Fixed term contract. First for 12 months, and this will be extended for the next 17 months upon positive evaluation.

The contract is for 40 hrs/week.


Deadline for your application is August 12, 2016. Your application letter (max 2 pages), CV and mail addresses of two referents should be submitted to Please indicate Application PRIDE B2 and your name in the subject line. For your motivation please think about the projects you have been working in, relevant expertise in the general subject, your ability to work in teams and in different countries/settings, lab, modelling, fieldwork experience if applicable and your social skills. 

We intent to interview the selected candidates on 22 August in Bucharest.

Work permit

For EU citizens the work permit will take one month after submission of all required documents. For non_EU citizens, please check the procedure to obtain the residence permit at the address

Further information

You may wish to contact us for further information. As we are now in the summer period response times may be a bit slow. For further information regarding the position, please send an email to Prof. Marius Stoica  and the PRIDE team: