University of Freiburg: research assistant / PhD student (f/m/d) on the topic “Sedimentary footprint of human and natural disturbances in the Upper Rhine Area”

The working group on Geomorphology and recent morphodynamics is looking for a research assistant / PhD student (f/m/d) on the topic “Sedimentary footprint of human and natural disturbances in the Upper Rhine Area”.

  • Application deadline: 28.02.2023
  • Publication date: 25.01.2023
  • Start-date: At the earliest possible date.
  • Part-time position (65 %)
  • Id no.: 00002773


The sub-project “Sedimentary footprint of human and natural disturbances” aims to quantify the legacy effect of socio-ecological processes on the floodplain sedimentation in two catchments of the Upper Rhine Area. The focus is to identify phases and hotspots of floodplain activity as well as on elaborating differences between the two catchments, one draining the Black Forest and the Vosges, respectively. For this, sedimentary samples from shallow cores will be analysed by combining optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) techniques with grain size analysis, organic matter content, and a quantification of heavy-metal concentrations. In a final step, the distribution and volume of legacy sediments shall be modelled for the Upper Rhine Area using high-resolution digital elevation models in combination with chronological control obtained from historical and sedimentary sources.

The sub-project is embedded in the project “Deciphering the fluvio-social metabolism of the Upper Rhine area (DEMUR)” in which we aim to investigate how specific socio-natural and political constellations influence the fluvial landscape evolution. The interdisciplinary project brings together historians (TU Darmstadt), historical climatologists (Uni Freiburg) and geomorphologists (Uni Freiburg) and is part of the DFG priority program SPP2361 “Fluvial anthroposphere”.

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