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PhD position in Quaternary geology and paleoclimate, University of Bergen. Deadline 1st January 2020.


There is a vacancy for a PhD fellowship in Quaternary geology and paleoclimate at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility for one-year extension filled with teaching duties. The position is part of the Norwegian Research Council polar program-funded SOUTHSPHERE project.


SOUTHSPHERE exploits the potential of recent method advances to deepen our understanding of atmospheric change in the Southern Ocean. Here, the southern westerly winds circumvent the Antarctic, spurring global ocean circulation and heat uptake, while taking up CO2. This important role in regulating Earth`s climate is under threat: observations show that the southern westerlies rapidly shift in the face of on-going warming.

SOUTHSPHERE proposes a new approach to use the past as a reference to understand the future response of the southern westerly winds in a warmer future world. To achieve this goal, the project will utilize the climate sensitivity of glaciers to atmospheric climate and the potential of glacier-fed lake sediments combined with dated moraines to record this signal through time. For this purpose, SOUTHSPHERE will integrate up-and-coming approaches from the fields of sedimentology, geochemistry and glaciology, and apply this cross-disciplinary toolbox on the Sub-Antarctic Island of Kerguelen.


More information here.


PhD Palaeoglaciology of Eurasian ice sheets, University of Sheffield. Deadline 10th January 2020.


The future of our current ice-sheets, in Antarctica and Greenland, is uncertain. To make better predictions of how much these ice-masses will contribute to future sea-level rise, we need to improve numerical models of how ice-sheets work. Two approaches to doing this are: i) validate our models against data; and/or ii) improve our process understanding of ice sheets. In this project, we will conduct both of the above approaches. The PhD candidate will learn how to apply ice-sheet models (e.g. PISM) to one or more of the former Eurasian ice sheets (e.g. British-Irish, Fennoscandian, Barents Sea). The main aim will be to develop tools which compare modelled simulations with geomorphological and geochronological evidence of former ice sheet behaviour. This includes newly collected evidence regarding the former ice-flow direction and margins of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet (from moraines, drumlins, eskers and subglacial ribs).

The candidate will need a background in Quaternary science, glaciology and/or geomorphology. Training in using the ice-sheet model will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. A 1st or 2i class degree is required, MSc not essential.

The student will benefit from being part of the new PALGLAC project team comprising three other PhD students, four postdoctoral researchers and around 6 staff members. This team is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant project (2018-2023) led by Chris Clark. Some fieldwork opportunities are expected to arise if interested. You will join Sheffield’s Ice and ClimatE Research (ICERs) group and gain from its world-leading expertise and enthusiasm for palaeoglaciology.

Please email Dr Jeremy Ely with any further queries or expressions of interest (j.ely@sheffield.ac.uk).

The section process with take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly. Interviews will take place at the University of Sheffield in the week commencing 20/01/2019. Fees (UK/EU) and a full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (full-time rate £15,009 in 2019-20). Please see also the further information on eligibility.


More information here.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Paleoclimatology, Stockholm University. Deadline 14 February 2020.


This project seeks to reconstruct past changes in storminess on Holocene timescales using coastal dune systems and peatland archives. We aim to build a transect along the western coasts of Ireland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. The goal of this work is to compile these new sites together with available paleostorm records in the region in order to (i) chart past changes in the North Atlantic storm track and (ii) identify internal and external drivers of storminess. The project is hosted at Stockholm University but includes key collaborators at Lund University and Umeå University in Sweden as well as the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the projoct leader and associate professor Malin Kylander: malin.kylander@geo.su.se.


More information and how to apply here.



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