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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within speleothem paleoclimatology
At the Department of Earth Science there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within speleothem paleoclimatology. The position is for a fixed term of 3 years and is associated with the T-TRAC project and SapienCE (Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour), a new centre of excellence (both financed by the Norwegian Research Council). Preferred starting date will be 01.09.2018.
About the projects
The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a team reconstructing past temperatures from speleothems from Borneo and South Africa. Our team are applying state-of-the-art techniques such as fluid inclusion microthermometry, clumped isotope thermometry, and fluid inclusion isotope analysis. The postdoctoral fellow will take part in building a new fluid inclusion extraction line for isotope analysis using our existing Picarro instruments and will be responsible for the clumped isotope thermometry and fluid inclusion isotope measurements in selected samples.
For our Borneo research, these methods have been successfully applied to a pilot sample, and will now be used to derive paleo-temperatures across the last 500,000 years within the T-TRAC project. We will mostly work on previously studied, well-dated speleothem samples, but in addition will strive to close a remaining time gap in the record. To this end, the postdoctoral fellow will perform U-Th dating of candidate stalagmites in collaboration with Professor Jess Adkins at the California Institute of Technology that will incorporate a research stay at this institute within the first year.
Analysis of the speleothems from South Africa is aimed at reconstructing paleo-environmental conditions during the period 100-50 ka, in collaboration with archaeologists in the framework of the transdisciplinary SapienCE SFF Centre of Excellence. Current archaeological evidence highlights 100-50 ka as being a watershed for human cognitive, technological and social developments in Africa. More research is needed to understand where, when and why early humans started to think and behave like we do today. Improved understanding of the environmental conditions such as climate change under which these developments occurred is a critical piece of this puzzle.
The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork in South Africa and/or Borneo. The affiliation of this position with both the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and SapienCE will offer ample opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration.
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About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:
The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased to 3 years and 3 months. Teaching and other duties will in such cases be added to the position. The position may be extended by up to one year (maximum 4 years in total) if the appointee is granted externally financed research stays abroad. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.
For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department.
It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.
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For further details about the position, please contact: Dr. Anna Nele Meckler, Department of Earth Science, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel +47 555 83530
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