[Coral-List] PhD student position in coral paleoclimatology
tfelis at uni-bremen.de
Fri Oct 12 09:44:08 EDT 2007
Department of Geosciences
MARUM-Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
University of Bremen, Germany
PhD student position in coral paleoclimatology
- under the condition of job release -
The Department of Geosciences/MARUM at the University of Bremen
(Germany) has an opening for a PhD student position within the project
Control of seasonality and interannual to centennial climate in the
Caribbean during the Holocene ¯ Combining coral records, stalagmite
records and climate models (CaribClim). The joint project is funded by
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within the framework of
the new DFG Priority Program Integrated Analysis of Interglacial Climate
Dynamics (INTERDYNAMIK) (SPP 1266).
CaribClim aims at identifying the forcing mechanisms of seasonality and
interannual to centennial climate variability in the Caribbean region during
the Holocene by analysing corals and stalagmites in combination with
climate model simulations. The approach will quantify the natural range
of climate variability on these timescales, and will unravel the role of the
El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, the
North Atlantic Oscillation and variations in insolation and Atlantic
thermohaline circulation in the climate changes observed in the marine
and terrestrial archives.
The PhD candidate will work on fossil corals from Bonaire (Netherlands
Antilles). The work will include diagenetic investigations, microsampling
and geochemical analyses (oxygen isotopes, Sr/Ca). The aim is the
reconstruction of seasonality and interannual climate variability for time
intervals during the Holocene. The PhD project involves strong
collaboration with PhD students from institutions in Heidelberg
(stalagmites) and Bremerhaven (climate models).
Highly motivated students with interest/background in paleoceanography
or paleoclimatology are strongly encouraged to apply. An academic
qualification comparable to a German Diplom degree (e.g., a Master's
degree including a written thesis) in a related discipline is required. Good
English language skills are required. PhD students are requested to
attend summerschools and to carry out part of their work at partner
Salary will be according to the German civil service remuneration system
E13 TV-L/2. The appointment is initially for two years with possible
extension to three years.
As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female
employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply.
In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification disabled persons will
be given priority.
For further information please contact Dr. Thomas Felis
(tfelis at uni-bremen.de).
Please submit your application, together with a detailed curriculum vitae,
copies of certificates, a letter outlining specific interest in this project and
relevant experience and contact details of two referees, under the
reference number A 122/07 to
Dr. Thomas Felis (tfelis at uni-bremen.de)
Department of Geosciences
University of Bremen
P.O. Box 33 04 40.
Applications in pdf format via email are preferred. Evaluation of
applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is
We would be very grateful, if you could submit your application
documents as copies (no folders), we can not send your documents back
because of cost reasons; after the application process the documents will
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