Paleonet: PhD Position: North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre Ocean Circulation Since Late Glacial Times, Aarhus University, Denmark

Norman MacLeod N.MacLeod at
Thu Mar 17 08:17:49 GMT 2011

This just in.


The Centre for Past Climate Studies, Department of Earth Sciences, Aarhus
University, Denmark offers a PhD position on the project North Atlantic
Subpolar Gyre ocean circulation since late glacial times

Project goal 
The main goal of the project is to investigate ocean circulation, in
particular bottom-water and subsurface water conditions, in the North
Atlantic Subpolar Gyre sector throughout the Holocene. Multiproxy studies of
marine sediment cores from the Labrador Sea, Baffin Bay, and the larger
North Atlantic will be included in the project. We expect to be able to
resolve centennial to millennial scale climate variability through the
Holocene and, in addition, to detect multi-decadal variability of the last
1-2000 years. Though the collaboration with the TROPOLINK project, focussing
on polar-tropical linkage in the ocean-climate system, results from the
present PhD project are also expected to shed new light on the
polar-tropical heat exchange, as we hope to test the significance of this
heat exchange on the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning

The project receives, amongst others, financial support through the European
Union FP7 project Past4Future.

PhD Task 
The main task of the Ph.D. student will be the study of late Glacial to
Holocene ocean circulation mainly based on analyses of marine sediment
cores. He/she will have the opportunity to use widely different analytical
methods, but main focus will be on micropalaeontology (benthic foraminifera)
and geochemical parameters. The student will carry out his/her project at
the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark. The
successful candidate will partake in an international, multidisciplinary
team focussing on the combination of proxy data and modelling studies.

The applicant is expected to hold a university degree (minimum B.Sc. ­ for
further information see ŒPh.D. education at Aarhus University¹ below) in
Earth Sciences with a strong focus on Quaternary Geology, Marine Geology,
Geochemistry and/or Palaeontology. A degree in Biology, Chemistry or Physics
may also be considered; but in this case the student will be required to
partake in additional courses in Quaternary/Marine Geology. Experience with
scientific publication in English is an asset, as is experience with marine
geochemistry and/or micropaleontological work, especially benthic
foraminifera. Laboratory and/or sea-going experience is of advantage
although not required.

How to apply 
Applications must be in English and include curriculum vitae including
possible publications and university transcripts. Letters of reference from
present or former supervisors/teachers are required. The student may include
any additional material that the candidate would like to be taken into

Applications are submitted electronically at the AGSoS website:

Please see the Applicant¹s Guide on how to apply. For this specific position
you must choose the current reference number, and choose the field ³Earth
Science² and ³Department of Earth Sciences².

Please note that we reserve the right to evaluate your application on the
available material received when deadline has passed, and will not
necessarily ask for further documentation.

Application deadline: May 1, 2011.

Ph.D. education at Aarhus University In Denmark, and hence also at AGSoS,
the total time of university studies for a PhD degree is 8 years (480 ECTS)
following the Bologna Framework. Admission to the PhD studies at AGSoS is
based on either 

€ a five year (300 ECTS) MSc degree, in which case the student is admitted
for a PhD programme of study only, or
€ a three year (180 ECTS) BSc degree, in which case the student is admitted
in parallel to a PhD- and an MSc Honours programme of study.

In both cases, a student may be admitted with transfer of merits, based on
an individual assessment. As an example, a student may be admitted based on
four years of full time study for a 4 year PhD programme (the well
established "4+4 model").

For further information see:

Contact information:
Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Aarhus

phone + 45 8942 9454
mobile +45 2778 2897
Email: mss at


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The Natural History Museum
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