PhD student position in Physical Geography: Source and age of Late Quaternary European loess deposits
Sort on published: 2018-01-25
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Duties/Project description: Windblown deposits of loess cover 10% of the world’s continents. The timing and source of loess dust accumulation provides crucial insight into past dust activity, a fundamental but poorly known part of the global climate system. However, very little is known about how rapid, millennial-scale variations in dust activity are recorded in loess and link to rapid climate changes. Furthermore, the sources of many loess deposits are poorly constrained, and it is unknown if changes in loess accumulation rate are linked to dust source changes.
The PhD position is part of a VR funded project that aims to address this through detailed multi-proxy provenance analysis and radiocarbon dating of Late Quaternary loess deposits from Eastern Europe and Russia. The PhD student will have the opportunity to apply multiple sediment provenance techniques, including single-grain zircon U-Pb and rutile trace element and U-Pb analyses, and bulk XRF analysis, and will also utilize small gastropod and charcoal radiocarbon dating to construct age models and dust mass accumulation rates. The student will have access to state of the art geochemical and radiocarbon dating facilities at Uppsala and collaborating institutions. A key part of the PhD position includes travel to these external laboratories and for fieldwork in Russia and Eastern Europe. The holder of a PhD-student position shall primarily devote his/her time to their own research studies. Other departmental work, such as educational or administrative, can be part of the position (max 20%).
Requirements: The applicant should have a university degree in Earth Sciences, Physical Geography or similar. The successful candidate should also ideally have a solid base in one or some of the following: Quaternary science, loess, geochronology, geochemistry and palaeoclimatology. Knowledge of radiocarbon dating or provenance studies will be a merit and basic laboratory and computer skills are essential. The applicant must be eligible for PhD studies. Priority is given to those who are deemed to show the greatest aptitude for successful completion of graduate studies. Local guidelines at Uppsala University determine salary levels.
Application: Applications must include a CV, certified copies of diplomas and certificates, and personal statement describing yourself and your relevant experience (maximum two pages). The application should also contain a summary of your master’s thesis and eventual publications, and contact details and letters from at least two referees.
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Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: 01-07-2018 or as agreed on. Temporary position four years.
Type of position: Full time position.
For further information about the position please contact
Dr. Thomas Stevens, tel. +46-18 471 1788, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Please also see the following articles:
- Újvári, G., Stevens, T., et al., 2017. Coupled European and Greenland last glacial dust activity driven by North Atlantic climate. PNAS
- Nie, J., Stevens, T., et al., 2015. Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau derived Yellow River sediment. Nature Communications 6, 8511.
Please submit your application by March 9, 2018, UFV-PA 2018/279.
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Placement: Department of Earth Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/279
Last application date: 2018-03-09