Re-advertisement: Establishing a chronology of the first hominin occupation of Central Asia
Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Geoscience programme. The position is available from 1 October 2021 or later.
Title: Re-advertisement: Establishing a chronology of the first hominin occupation of Central Asia
Research area and project description:
Central Asia is a key route for ancient human expansion out of Africa, with early human migrants leaving behind stone tools in thick wind-blown dust (loess) deposits in Tajikistan, deposited over the last 2-3 million years. However, much remains unknown about the timing and environmental context associated with the first presence of modern humans and ancient hominins in Central Asia. This PhD scholarship is part of an exciting cross-disciplinary project, involving scientists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Tajikistan, that will answer questions such as when did humans arrive in Central Asia and what was the environment and climate like at the time?
The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for developing a chronology for the last ~2 million years at two key sites in Tajikistan, using paired cosmogenic nuclides with different half-lives. The project will involve fieldwork, lab work focusing on geochemical preparation of samples, and development of new techniques for burial dating of loess based on cosmogenic nuclides. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Mads Faurschou Knudsen, and collaborate closely with PhD students and staff working at other Nordic/Russian/Tajik institutions within the fields of chronology, archaeology, and organic as well as inorganic proxies of past climate and environmental change.
Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicants to the PhD position must have acquired a relevant Master’s degree in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, archaeology or physics by August 1st, 2021. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and able to demonstrate a record of academic excellence (e.g. through grades, recommendations or other). The candidate should also be able to work at the interface between different scientific disciplines, including geology, archaeology, and physics. It is an advantage to have experience with numerical modelling and/or geological fieldwork, but it is not a requirement. Finally, a key part of this project relies on fieldwork in Tajikistan, and the successful candidate is expected to take part in this field campaign.
Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, and the work place is Department of Geoscience, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C., Denmark.
Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:
Mads Faurschou Knudsen
Before you apply
Information and attachments:
Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.
Documentation of language skills:
The English language requirement at the graduate school is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).
English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the following tests:
When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.
The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.
It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case, documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded under “Language skills - proof” in the online application form. If the test result is not part of the original application, the test result must be sent to email@example.com no later than one month after the application deadline.
The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:
The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
How to apply:
1) Find the application form:
Go to https://phd.nat.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here/ - Note, the online application system opens on 1 June 2021.
Choose August 2021 Call with deadline 1 August 2021 at noon (11.59 AM CEST).
You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Geoscience”.
2) Fill in the following information:
Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.
3) Application attachments:
Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.
If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.
All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.
As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):
After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.
The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.