PhD position, paleoecology/paleoclimates - Prague, Czech Republic

The paleoecology laboratory at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, is offering a four-year PhD position within the framework of a project on temperate mountain forest dynamics.


Salary/scholarhip: According to standard Charles University salary + student scholarship equivalent full-time job.


The particular aim of the project is to understand drivers of forest ecosystem change including climate and disturbances. The PhD student will join a team of experienced researchers consisting of paleoecologists, paleolimnologists and dendroecologists.

The PhD student will focus on climate reconstruction based on paleoecological and geochemistry data from mountain lakes in Eastern Carpathians.

The student will carry on analyses of chironomids and subsequent climatic reconstruction during the Postglacial. It is expected that the student will contribute with analysis and interpretation of biomarkers (δD and br-GDGT) for climate reconstruction.

The work will be part of a multi-disciplinary research project and data will contribute to a series of analyses (geochemistry, pollen, beetle remains) that will be statistically analysed and compared to dendroecological data on forest disturbance history.

The successful candidate will have an interest in paleoecology and past environmental and climate change.


- A MSc in a relative discipline of natural sciences (preferably biology, environmental science, geography or Earth science)
- Highly motivated, creative, precise, independent, reliable and a team player
- Knowledge of paleoecological working methods particularly chironomids is an advantage but not mandatory
- Preferably some experience of scientific English writing.


Please send a full CV and motivation cover letter as soon as possible, detailing your capability for this position and future career plan, to Dr. Petr Kuneš, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information

Contact Petr Kuneš (phone: +420 221 951 667, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)