Doctoral Student in Earth Sciences - Provenance analysis
of Snowball Earth sediments

Diary id: PAR 2018/1460
Employment level: Time limited employment (temporary)
Location: Department of Earth Sciences
Apply by: 2018-11-25

The Doctoral Student position

We seek a person committed to working on sedimentary rocks from one of the most exciting time periods on Earth, the Cryogenian, Earth endured world-wide glaciations of such extremes that it has been dubbed "Snowball Earth". At the heart of the project is the idea that the origin of glacial rocks and hence the dynamics of glaciers from that time can be deduced by provenance studies. Here the chosen Doctoral Student can make use of state-of-the-art analytical equipment here in Gothenburg (Laser Ablation coupled to an Agilent 8800QQQ, Micro-Raman) and partner labs around the world (Adelaide, Melbourne). In particular, an emerging promising technique developed in Gothenburg, in-situ Rb-Sr dating, will be applied.

A third cycle education at our department will lead to a Ph.D. in Natural sciences, or Natural sciences with specialization in geology.

Job assignments

The Doctoral Student will start working on existing samples of Cryogenian glacial sediments from several key places to get accustomed with all analytical routines and to develop strategies for further targeted sample collection. This will then involve extensive field work in remote places, like Central Australia and Northern Namibia.

During the studies, the candidate will take part of a structured third-cycle education, consisting of short courses and seminars together with other doctoral students from the Department of Earth Sciences. Doctoral students are encouraged to attend specialized workshops in Sweden and abroad as well as to present their findings at international conferences.

It is expected that the student will spend at least 80% of his/her time with research and development. However, it is encouraged that up to 20% of the time can be devoted to teaching, in which case employment can be extended accordingly by up to one year.

Eligibility

To be admitted to doctoral studies it is required that you have been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Eligible for this position are those that have studied Earth Sciences with a focus on sedimentology, geochemistry or related fields. Good oral and written proficiency in English is essential (if in question, a TOEFL test with a score of at least 550 will be requested); knowledge in Swedish is an asset. It is expected that the applicant already has a high level of analytical skills in interpreting large data sets and has the basic skills to transform the deduced findings into scientific publications.

Assessment

Selection of applicants who meet basic and specific competencies is based on the ability to apply for education at the three-cycle level. The assessment attaches particular importance to documented qualifications regarding:

  • Proven expertise in the areas of sedimentology, geochemistry (in particular analytical techniques), petrology, field work in remote areas (in order of relevance)
  • Proficiency in scientific writing, evaluation based on provided publications (master thesis, journal publications, etc)
  • Motivation for scientific work in general and for the project in particular (motivation letter, CV)
  • Teaching experience

The final candidates will be selected based on:

  • Letters of reference (will be acquired upon need; please provide addresses for two persons to be contacted)
  • Interview (candidates will be invited when based < 500 km from Gothenburg; otherwise a Skype interview will be arranged)

Employment

Type of employment: Temporary employment, HF 5 kap 7§ Doktorandanställning Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Earth Sciences, Gothenburg First day of employment: As agreed

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80.

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

A new employment as a doctoral student applies for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

The Department of Earth Sciences has 65 employees. The department curriculum is designed to train new generations of geologists, physical geographers and geographers for academia, industry and government agencies. Our strongest research areas lie within petrology/geochemistry, climatology, biogeochemistry, and applied geoscience. We have both bachelor and masters programs in Earth Science and in Geography as well as third-cycle (Doctoral Students) education in several Earth Science specialties. We have a good infrastructure and excellent laboratories for geochemistry, mineralogy and sediment investigations.

For further information regarding the position

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Zack, Senior Lecturer at gothenburg18111@earthworks-jobs.com.

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

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published: 06 November 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.