2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the field of Marine Geosciences

The Andalusian Institute for Earth Sciences (IACT), a joint institution between the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Granada (UGR) in Armilla (Granada), Spain, is looking for suitable candidates for the 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program of the Spanish Ministry for Science in the field of MARINE GEOSCIENCES.

The IACT develops several research lines, one of them is MARINE GEOSCIENCES, which focus on the multidisciplinary study of present-day continental margins and basins. The studies comprise different spatial and temporal scales in different regions of the world, with a particular focus in the margins and basins around the Iberian Peninsula.

Within this general profile (MARINE GEOSCIENCES), we are looking for a candidate to work under the framework of the research project entitled: CTM2017-88237-P Alboran Shelf-Slope cOupling processes and deep sediMent trAnsfeR: Source To Sink approaches and implications for biodiversity, funded by the Spanish Government. The work within the project will involve a strong cooperation between different project partners, particularly the IACT-Department of Marine Geosciences and the Department of Stratigraphy of the University of Granada.

Within the umbrella of the project, the major goals of the proposed research are to characterize the spatio-temporal variability of depositional and erosional processes which generate small-scale morpho-stratigraphic features such as submarine undulations and slope gullies, in several settings of the northern margin of the Alboran Sea, western Mediterranean Basin, around the prodeltaic protuberance of the Guadalfeo River. Specifically, the nature and intensity of genetic sedimentary fluxes are aimed to be determined, as well as to establish the relative contributions of specific controlling factors, such as sea-level and sediment supply variability, and ascertain the role of tectonic deformation processes.

The available database includes: (a) an extensive multibeam bathymetry database, composed on data sets with variable spatial resolutions (10-30 m); (b) seafloor images and videos collected in a submarine valley (the Calahonda Canyon); (c) short sediment cores up to 30 cm long collected in shelf and slope areas using box corer and push corer devices; (d) longer (up to 5 m long) sediment cores collected in shelf and slope areas using vibro corer and gravity corer devices; (e) grid of Parasound very high resolution seismic profiles; (f) grid of Sparker medium resolution seismic profiles. The bulk of the data were collected onboard RV Sarmiento de Gamboa during ALSSOMAR19 oceanographic survey, between 30 August and 19 September 2019, in the framework of the above mentioned research project.


  • Applicants should have completed a PhD degree in Marine Geology within the last 10 years.
  • A solid publication record on the subject and capacity for team work.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Closing date: Applications can be submitted until January 15th 2020, or until a qualified candidate is identified.

To apply, please send a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, Ph.D. certificate and the names of two references to:

Francisco José Lobo
Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (CSIC-Universidad de Granada)
Avenida de las Palmeras, nº 4
18100 Armilla, Granada, Spain

posted: 19 December 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.