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PhD position in organic/inorganic geochemistry and South African paleoclimate
There is a vacancy for a PhD position in organic/inorganic geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Department of Earth Science/Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) at the University of Bergen. SapienCE is a Centre of Excellence, funded by The Research Council of Norway. The position is for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). Formal appointment will be with the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen.
About the project/work tasks:
SAPIENCE focuses on the behavioural origins of Homo sapiens in southern Africa between 100,000-50,000 years ago.
An inter-disciplinary team of scientists at University of Bergen and at the facilities of the international partners, integrates high-resolution records of early human cultural, social, technological and subsistence behaviours with innovative geoarchaeological, climate and cognitive data models. This holistic approach will provide groundbreaking insight into the diverse aspects of what it means to be human.
Homo sapiens were anatomically modern by ~300 000 years ago in Africa, but there is no evidence indicating that behaviour was modern at the time. Current archaeological evidence, although limited, highlights the 100-50 ka interval as a juncture for human cognitive, technological and social development. The fundamental causes of this critical transformation remain, however, debated. One often-proposed mechanism is the need to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions.
Depending on the background, skills and interest of the candidate, the advertised PhD fellowship will either I) reconstruct late Pleistocene paleoenvironments in the South African Summer- and Year-round rainfall zone using the combination of marine sediments, organic geochemistry toolkits (e.g. long-chain diols, plant-wax compounds i.e., n-alkane d13C, dD) and climate model output data to determine vegetation shifts as well as shifts in atmospheric moisture sourcing (precipitation) or II) constrain late Pleistocene rainfall variability (fluvial discharge) and its source areas in those zones based on Thermoluminescence and Optically Stimulated Luminescence analysis and XRF (X-ray fluorescence) of marine offshore sediments.
Further, the fellow will, through collaborations with other researchers at the centre, help elucidate the crucial links between climate reconstructions, archaeological evidence and early human behaviour.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
About the PhD position:
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment.
The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).
About the research training:
As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.
We can offer:
Your application must include:
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.
For further details about the position, please contact:
Dr Margit Simon
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
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