Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)/PhD position as part of the MSCA ETN '4D-REEF'


(3 or 4 years)

Modelling climate, oceanography, and carbonate production of corals in the Pliocene

Host: School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (Bristol, UK)

Supervisors: Prof. Dan Lunt

An Earth System modelling approach will be used to investigate global change through Pliocene, and the implications for carbonate production of corals will be explored. A suite of palaeogeographic maps with a temporal resolution of ~1 million years (including the Holocene as a baseline) will provide the basis for a set of global climate model (HadCM3 and/or UKESM) simulations. Sensitivity studies to the palaeogeography, particularly in the region of the Coral Triangle, and orbit and CO2 will be carried out, in order to fully explore the uncertainties in the Pliocene climate.

Objectives of the project:

  1. To produce a Pliocene climate "Atlas", generated from output from a climate model, and evaluated using proxy climate data.
  2. To explore the sensitivity of this modelled climate to uncertainties in atmospheric CO2 and palaeogeography, and the envelope of orbital variability.
  3. To explore in detail the oceanography (in particular, its variability on multiple timescales from seasonal to orbital) of south-east Asia in the Pliocene.
  4. To study implications for carbonate production of corals.

Expected results:

It is expected that the model results will provide a fascinating insight into the global oceanographic state in the Pliocene, with an emphasis on the sensitivity of the system to the various drivers. Analysis will focus on modes of variability, such as ENSO, and its expression in the Coral Triangle. An expected result is a prediction of the time-varying magnitude and frequency of ENSO, and other modes, through the Pliocene.

More information about 4D-REEF is available at: https://www.naturalis.nl/en/4d-reef

Secondments: GUF and/or Deltares.

Eligibility criteria:

EU eligibility criteria for candidates: Candidates of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants: 1) The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 2) The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Candidate profile

Candidates must hold a degree in the physical sciences (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Geography). We are looking for highly motivated students with good communication skills. Experience with climate modelling is desirable but not essential.

For any queries you may have, please contact:
Please feel free to contact Dan Lunt. d.j.lunt@bristol.ac.uk

How to apply?

Candidates applying have to apply through the official university system. The candidate applies for a PhD in Geographical Sciences. In the application the candidate should mention that they are applying for the 4d-REEF position. Deadline is 16 September 2019. Please apply via this link: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

for more general background information see this link:
4D-REEF early stage researchers will not have to pay the tuition fees.

4D-REEF has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement
No 813360

posted: 30 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.