1 PhD position (3 years): New approaches in optical dating of geological and archaeological rock surfaces

As part of a new research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), we seek one PhD candidate for our Project "The wheel of time". The aim of the project is to establish OSL rock surface dating on firm grounds as a novel way of constraining the age of archaeological and geological rock surfaces. The project will make use of state-of-the-art 2D luminescence imaging technology and combine novel feldspar luminescence signals and protocols with classical OSL dating techniques and systematically test and apply these approaches to a set of geomorphological and archaeological study sites. A project executive summary can be found here.

The University of Innsbruck (Uibk) is a striving research and teaching institution in the heart of the European Alps with a research focus on alpine environments and hosts a vivid Quaternary research group. OSL research will be conducted at the Uibk Quaternary Research Group in collaboration with the Technical U. Denmark, Department of Physics.

The full-time 3-year PhD Position will focus on OSL rock surface dating of fluvial lag deposits and the reconstruction of the hydrodynamics of gravel bed rivers. The PhD candidate will work back-to-back with a PostDoc and be involved in OSL rock surface dating of archaeological sites and artifacts, together with this PostDoc. The starting date is January to February 2022. Details regarding specific qualifications and task for each position are detailed below.

Applications must include (i) a cover letter outlining experience and expertise relevant to the project as well as the applicant´s motivation, (ii) a complete CV including (if applicable) a list of publications, and (iii) at least one letter of recommendation. We explicitly invite qualified women to apply. Further information can be obtained from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer, Univ. Innsbruck.

Application deadline Nov. 6th 2022.

PhD: qualifications & specific tasks

  • Very good English language skills (oral & written)
  • Vital interest and enthusiasm in developing and improving instruments, protocols and sample preparation techniques
  • Enthusiasm to work independently in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Capacity to conduct field work also in challenging and remote environments
  • University degree (master or diploma) in geosciences or related technical fields
  • Experience in OSL research (theoretical and hands-on) desirable
  • Sedimentological and geomorphological knowledge and mapping/logging skills desirable
  • Skills in mathematical-physical and statistical data evaluation
  • Coding skills (Python or similar language) are advantageous
  • OSL sampling, sample preparation, measurements, data processing and interpretation
  • Geomorphological mapping and sedimentological logging of sampling sites and trenches
  • Developing and testing sample preparation and measurement approaches for OSL surface exposure dating of fluvial lag deposits and megalith structures
  • Participation in the research and training activities of the doctoral program Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions
  • Publication and presentation of results at conferences and in international journals
  • Contribution to teaching activities (optional)

To apply please send all information to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer innsbruck22101@earthworks-jobs.com

posted: 05 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.