Postdoctoral Research Position in Paleoceanography and Molecular Ecology
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About the position
We announce a 36-month (3 year) postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) position, which may become a permanent researcher position.
The position is in the field of paleoceanography and molecular ecology at NORCE Climate. The associated project is a cross-disciplinary research project entitled “A Genetic View into Past Sea Ice Variability in the Arctic (AGENSI)”, funded through a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (www.agensi.eu). The successful PDRA candidate is expected to contribute to the development of environmental ancient DNA as a tool for past Arctic sea ice reconstructions.
This research is at the forefront of a new research field that combines paleoceanography and molecular ecology. We are therefore seeking a highly motivated candidate to strengthen our enthusiastic, cross-departmental research group at NORCE in order to drive this new research field forward.
The AGENSI project to which the PDRA is associated is a collaboration between the departments of NORCE Climate and NORCE Environment. NORCE Climate employs ca. 60 researchers conducting both basic and applied research on the past, present and future climate system, on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the feasibility of climate change mitigation options. NORCE Climate is one of the four partners of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), which is one of the largest climate research centres in Scandinavia and among the leading centres in Europe. NORCE Environment employs ca. 100 researchers and conducts basic and applied research for knowledge-based ecosystem assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts. Their vision is to develop and deliver knowledge-based solutions that promote ecologically sound resource management and management innovation. The PDRA will work closely with the Molecular Ecology Research Group (MERG) at NORCE Environment, whose expertise includes development and application of molecular genetic tools to address ecological research question.
To estimate the impact of the ongoing Arctic sea ice reduction, time series beyond observational Arctic sea ice records are essential. Yet, there are few proxies available to generate long sea ice records on geological time scales. This limits our understanding of the natural variation and drivers of sea ice dynamics in the climate system, thereby propagating major uncertainties about the future Arctic. In AGENSI, we aim to provide qualitative and quantitative sea ice reconstructions for the Late Quaternary using sedimentary ancient DNA from marine sediments in the Arctic. Your work tasks
Your task will be to develop and apply environmental ancient DNA for Arctic sea ice reconstructions in the Late Quaternary. Specific work tasks include:
A PhD degree in biosciences, molecular biology, ecology, molecular ecology, earth sciences or relevant field is required.
Your qualifications and personal skills
Your application must include
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Deadline: 20th May 2020