The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.
PhD position "statistical ice-core analysis" (m/f/d)
Within the EU Innovative Training Network DEEPICE (“understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics”), the Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Forschungsstelle Potsdam offers a PhD student (m/f/d) in statistical ice-core analysis
Project Title: Estimating and accounting for diffusion in deep ice using advanced statistical methods
The anticipated starting date of this position is October 1st 2021.
This Early-Stage Researcher (ESR, PhD student) position is part of EU HORIZON2020 funded framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) DEEPICE. DEEPICE is a research and training network on understanding deep ice core proxies to infer past Antarctic climate dynamics. It is funded by the EU HORIZON2020 programme and consists of 10 academic partner organisations from 10 European countries plus nine collaborating institutions from academia and industry. In total 15 early-stage researchers (PhD students) will be employed after a competitive recruitment process and work together within the European DEEPICE consortium.
The next generation of collaborative European ice coring projects aims to retrieve valuable climate information from the deep ice located near the base of the Antarctic ice sheet. In such deep ice, water isotope records, the key for past temperature reconstruction, can be strongly affected by extremely high thinning and diffusion.
Accounting for the diffusion and mixing processes will thus be necessary to recover the amplitude of the climate variations and provide information as to which climate variations were consistent with the measured isotopic variations.
You will work on this challenge by
Your work will play an important role in recovering the best possible climate signal from future water isotopic records on the Beyond EPICA ice core and inform the consortia how to sample and measure the water isotopes optimally.
Due to the funding guidelines, the following applies
Eligibility: The candidate for this position can have any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. The candidates must, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a title of PhD."
For each of the early-stage researcher positions a recruitment panel adhering to strict gender equality and equal opportunity rules will be set up. Selection criteria will encompass the potential as researchers, creativity, level of independence, teamwork ability, knowledge, and communication experience.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Laepple (Thomas.Laepple@awi.de; +49(331)288-2159)
This position is limited to 3 years. The salary will be paid in accordance with EU HORIZON2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie rules. The place of employment will be Potsdam.
All doctoral candidates will be members of AWI's postgraduate program POLMAR or another graduate school and thus benefit from a comprehensive training program and extensive support measures.
The AWI is characterised by
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.
The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.
We look forward to your application!
Please forward your application by April 30th 2021 exclusively online.
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