PhD Position in Organic Geochemistry and Paleolimnology for International Students, Switzerland

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel is inviting applicants for the PhD Scholarships In Organic Geochemistry and Paleolimnology. The university is accepting applications for the academic session 2022/2023.

This PhD project aims to apply novel proxies based on algal lipid biomarkers and their stable isotopic composition to record changes in algal biodiversity caused by both natural variability and human activities, with a particular focus on the environmental impacts of ancient Roman settlements.


Amazing opportunity to get financial assistance in Switzerland.

The University of Basel is a university in Basel, Switzerland. Founded on 4 April 1460, it is Switzerland’s oldest University and among the world’s oldest surviving universities. The university is traditionally counted among the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. The associated Basel University Library is the largest and among the most important libraries in Switzerland. In 2020, the university had 13,139 students and 378 professors; international students accounted for 27 percent of the student body.

Why study at the University of Basel? The University of Basel offers attractive, high-quality bachelor’s, master and PhD degree programs. Students benefit from an excellent staff-student ratio in Basel. The study-friendly environment makes the university an attractive prospect for students from Switzerland and worldwide. The University of Basel has an international reputation for outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

Application Deadline:  Applications must be received by 15 July 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: University of Basel
  • Department: Environmental Sciences
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Salary
  • Number of Awards: N/A
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in Switzerland


  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: PhD degree in Environmental Science, Geochemistry, Organic Chemistry and Organic Geochemistry and Paleolimnology.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Candidates should have a solid background and interest in (paleo-) limnology and biogeochemistry in aquatic systems. Experience with stable isotope or organic chemistry laboratory techniques will be an advantage given the laboratory focus of this PhD-project. The ability to work independently and within a team and good communication skills, including fluency in English, is essential.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To get involved in this program, you need to take admission in PhD degree coursework at the University. After being enrolled at the university, you can only apply online. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Nemiah Ladd (
  • Supporting Documents: Please submit your complete application documents, including
  • A letter stating your research interests and motivation for applying for the position, your experience and skills,
  • A CV,
  • Contact details of at least two
  • Transcripts and diplomas of your bachelor’s and master’s degrees (if available) via our online recruiting platform.
  • Admission Requirements:  Applicants must have a master’s degree in geosciences, environmental sciences, chemistry, biology, or a related discipline.
  • Language Requirement:  The ability to work independently and within a team, as well as good communication skills, including fluency in English, is essential.


The University of Basel will provide the salary for applicants. The PhD project will be part of a research project funded for four years by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We offer an international, multidisciplinary work environment and excellent research infrastructure, and the student will be employed full-time (100 %).

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