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


Project title: Depositional modelling and sequence stratigraphy of greenhouse Pliocene reefs

Host: Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT; Bremen, Germany)

Supervisors: Prof. Hildegard Westphal (ZMT) and Dr Alessio Rovere (University of Bremen)

The PhD project focuses on the Pliocene as an analogue for potential future greenhouse conditions. The target study areas are in the Philippines. This project will model Neogene carbonates based on terrestrial mapping, using classig geologic fieldwork, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and analysis of satellite-derived Digital Elevation Models. The outcomes of the project will shed new light on dimension and geometry of carbonate bodies, lateral dimensions of facies belts and palaeowater-depth. Attention will be given to the presence, in the geologic record, of facies that indicate rapid climatic or sedimentary changes, and to the relationship between the geological facies observed in the field and modern reefs. Data will serve as key data to integrate other data of the project, such as facies distribution, distribution of large benthic foraminifers and sedimentological features at outcrop scale.

Objectives of the individual project

  1. to produce stratigraphic logs and digital reconstructions of the different outcrops of Pliocene reefs;
  2. to quantify extension of facies belts and size and form of geobodies
  3. to quantify geometrical changes of reef growth patterns.

Expected results

The project will develop "virtual outcrops" for each locality. Sequence stratigraphy, for example controlled by sea-level changes or uplift / subsidence, will be quantified with respect to changes in accommodation (base-level fluctuations). Spatial models further will allow the extension of facies belts to be quantified by ESR7.

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

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 most hold a master degree in Earth and/or Life sciences, or equivalent. Ability to conduce geological fieldwork is required. Expertise in geological mapping and with sea level reconstructions is preferred. A good level of written and oral English is required. We are looking for highly motivated students with good communication skills who is willing to do fieldwork and to follow the logics of an ITN and be highly mobile.

For any queries you may have, please contact:

Please feel free to contact Prof. Hildegard Westphal (hildegard.westphal@leibniz-zmt.de) or Dr Alessio Rovere (arovere@marum.de) for more information about this position.

How to apply?

Please send a motivation letter and CV before 15 September 2019 to: bewerbung@leibniz-zmt.de reffering to '4D-REEF ESR 10' See also: https://www.leibniz-zmt.de/en/vacancies.html

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.