Paleonet: PhD position in marine palynology and biogeochemistry - Ghent University
stephen.louwye at ugent.be
Tue Nov 23 15:43:55 GMT 2010
PhD position in marine palynology and biogeochemistry
Research Unit of Palaeontology
Miocene climate variations --- the marine and terrestrial biotic
response during key periods
Research subject --- A stepwise, global cooling of the climate occurred
during Miocene times. These punctuated cooling events are known as the
Mi-events and lasted only for a few 100 k.y. The Mi-events had a drastic
effect on marine primary producers and on terrestrial ecosystems. The
proposed research intends to elucidate on a very detailed level the
tempo and mode of the effects of the global cooling events on an
important marine primary producer such as dinoflagellates, and to assess
to what degree the biotic responses in the terrestrial and marine realm
are or are not in phase. The study areas are the Porcupine Basin (IODP
Leg 307) off southwestern Ireland and the Ceara Rise off Brazil (ODP Leg
154). A very high sample resolution (10 k.y. and less) is intended. The
micropaleontological data will be validated against biogeochemical
proxies such as the TEX86 and the unsaturation index UK'37 (proxies for
paleotemperatures) and the BIT index (a proxy for the relative amount of
soil and marine organic matter input in the depositional area).
Profile --- We are looking for a highly motivated individual with an MSc
(or equivalent degree) in geology, geobiology or biology, and with a
strong interest in the Neogene. Research activities will include
microscopy and biogeochemical analyses. A background in palynology,
micropalaeontology and/or biogeochemistry is an advantage. Fluency in
spoken and written English is required. Candidates should be able to
work independently and in a team.
The successful candidate will be offered a full-time Ph.D. position for
four years in a research project. The applicant must be eligible for PhD
studies and will enrol in the Doctoral Schools Program of Ghent
University. The candidate shall devote his/her time primarily to their
own research studies.
The palynological analysis will be carried out at the Research Unit of
Palaeontology at Ghent University. Expertise in pollen analysis will be
acquired in collaboration with Dr. T. Donders at TNO in Utrecht (The
Netherlands). Biogeochemical analysis will be carried out at the Royal
NIOZ (Texel, The Netherlands) in collaboration with Dr. S. Schouten.
How to apply --- Please send a description of your past work, a
statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae (including
grades, courses followed, the title of your master thesis and a list of
any publications) as well as mail and e-mail addresses of two referees.
Send these by email to stephen.louwye at ugent.be
Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but the
applications should be received before February 1st, 2011. Students
currently finishing their MSc are also invited to apply. The research
project must commence during 2011.
For further informal enquiries on the position please contact:
Prof. Dr. Stephen Louwye
Research Unit Palaeontology -- WE13
+32.(0)9.264 46 11
stephen.louwye at ugent.be
Short postal address:
Research Unit Palaeontology - WE13
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