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


(3 years)

Project title: Historical assessment of coralline algae as triggers for coral settlement

Host: Departamento de Estratigrafía y Paleontología, Universidad de Granada (Spain)

Supervisors: Dr Juan C. Braga (co-supervisor Dr Viviana Peña Freire, Universidade da Coruña, Spain)

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

Acquisition of expertise with respect to molecular and morphological techniques to identify CCA. Specific question: Which is the CCA diversity in turbid reefs and how does it compare with that of reefs growing in clear waters?

To quantitatively assess the CCA cover and identify the CCA assemblages in space and time in Pliocene to Holocene reefs. Specific question: Is the CCA in turbid reefs significantly different from that of clear-water ones?

To identify the inductive CCA in turbid reefs and to quantitatively assess their relevance in these reefs, both modern and fossil. Specific question: Is the role of inductive CCA relevant in turbid reefs?

Expected results

Understanding the long-term significance of inductive CCA in growth and maintenance of coral reefs might help in predicting future scenarios for different degrees of reduction of CCA cover due to ecosystem alteration. CCA assemblages will help to interpret palaeoenvironments and their changes throughout time.

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

Secondments: Natural History Museum (London, UK), ZMT (Bremen, Germany)

Field training: Sulawesi (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines)

Eligibility criteria

EU eligibility criteria for candidates: Candidates of any nationality. In order to be eligible for the position 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 Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Candidate profile

Candidates must hold a master degree in Life sciences or other relevant topics for the project. We are looking for highly motivated students with good communication skills. Experience with molecular biology (high throughput sequencing) will be highly valued.

Special remarks: European diving license required; related training is provided in case qualification is lacking.

For any queries you may have, please contact:

Please feel free to contact Juan C. Braga. jbraga@ugr.es

How to apply?

Please send your application to Juan C. Braga before 1 October 2019: jbraga@ugr.es
And to: http://ofpi.ugr.es

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.