Curriculum Vitae

Academic positions and employment

  • 2018: Associate Professor, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2012-2018: Assistant Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2010-2012: Lecturer and research group leader, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2008-2010: Researcher and lecturer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2003-2008: Post-doctoral researcher, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 2002-2003: Post-doctoral researcher, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2001-2002: Post-doctoral fellow, Botanical Institute and Zoological Museum, Bergen, Norway
  • 1997-2001: PhD position, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland

Academic achievements, fellowships and awards

  • 2018: Outstanding Service Award, International Paleolimnology Association (IPA)
  • 2018: Venia docendi (Habilitation), University of Bern
  • 2009: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Independent Researcher Grant
  • 2001: Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2001: PhD, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern

Research community service (selection)

  • 2013-Heute: Steering committee member (Präsidium), Platform Biology, Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • 2008-Heute: Associate editor, Journal of Paleolimnology
  • 2011-2014: Steering committee member, Swiss Society for Quaternary Research
  • 2011-2014: Board member, Young Academy of Europe (YAE) (
  • 2011-2014: Swiss national representative and management committee member, COST Action ES0907 INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records - 60,000 to 8000 years ago (INTIMATE)


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Prof. Dr. Oliver Heiri
Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Geoökologie
Klingelbergstrasse 27
4056 Basel

Tel: 061 207 08 02