[CRYOLIST] Open PhD Positions - Glacial Geomorphology
pierre.valla at geo.unibe.ch
Wed May 10 12:25:11 PDT 2017
Dear Cryolist members,
Apologies for cross-posting.
Please find below (and attached) details about two PhD positions in
Glacial Geomorphology opening at the Institute of Geological Sciences,
University of Bern.
The PhD positions will be embedded within a collaborative project funded
by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), with our aim to get a
deeper understanding of the interactions between past climate
conditions, paleo-glacier dynamics and mountain erosion in the western
Please circulate and forward this mail to any potential interested
students, thank you very much in advance!
Institute of Geological Sciences
University of Bern
CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
Cell: +41 (0)78 917 43 84
Office: +41 (0)31 631 84 96
E-mail:pierre.valla at geo.unibe.ch
* Opening of 2 PhD
positions in Glacial Geomorphology*
The Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern invites
motivated candidates to apply for 2 PhD positions in the field of
Glacial Geomorphology. The PhD research work will be embedded within a
collaborative project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
(SNSF), which aims at getting a deeper understanding of the interactions
between past climate conditions, paleo-glacier dynamics and mountain
erosion in the western European Alps. Both PhD positions are fully
funded by SNSF for up to four years, including research funding and
travel allowance for professional training, national-international
collaborative work and active participation to scientific meetings.
/_PhD project 1 - Alpine glacier fluctuations:_/
The proposed research will concentrate on understanding the impact of
paleoclimatic conditions on Alpine glacier fluctuations from a
multi-method approach combining (1) geomorphological reconstructions of
paleo-ice extent from rock-surface exposure dating (cosmogenic nuclides
and luminescence methods) and (2) investigation of high-elevation
aeolian deposits as markers of late-glacial changes in regional
atmospheric circulation. New data will be combined with existing
constraints from the literature into ice models to simulate the glacier
response to past climatic conditions.
/_PhD project 2 - Spatial patterns of glacial erosion:_/
The project will seek to quantify glacial erosion patterns in the Alps
and their foreland over the entire last glacial cycle, based on a
regional-scale compilation of glacial overdeepenings (spatial
distribution, morphometric characteristics and sediment infill history).
This will be used as empirical constraints to calibrate ice models in
order to assess (1) which paleoclimatic conditions are compatible with
the reconstructed patterns of glacial erosion, and (2) what physical
processes (subglacial hydrology, sediment transport) are involved in the
long-term evolution of glacial overdeepenings.
Applicants should have a MSc degree in geology, geophysics, geography,
or any related quantitative discipline in natural sciences, with strong
interests in earth surface dynamics. Successful applicants should have
strong written and oral communication skills in English. Fieldwork
and/or laboratory experience, as well as skills/motivation in numerical
methods are an advantage.
The University of Bern hosts experts and excellent research conditions
covering a large domain of earth sciences at the Institute of Geological
Sciences (www.geo.unibe.ch <http://www.geo.unibe.ch>) and strong
connections with the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research (OCCR).
The campus is ideally located in the city center, and the region
provides a confortable living with the proximity of the Alps.
Interested candidates should send their complete application (including
a curriculum vitae, a copy of MSc diploma, a max. 2-page motivation
letter with research interests and own ideas, along with the names and
addresses of two referees) via e-mail in a single PDF file to Pierre
Valla (pierre.valla at geo.unibe.ch <mailto:pierre.valla at geo.unibe.ch>).
The evaluation of applications will start on June 1^st 2017 and will be
continued until the positions are filled. The start of the both PhD
projects is scheduled for August/September 2017. Questions can be
directly addressed to Pierre Valla.
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