[CRYOLIST] Open PhD Positions - Glacial Geomorphology

Pierre Valla 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 
European Alps.

Please circulate and forward this mail to any potential interested 
students, thank you very much in advance!
Best wishes,
Pierre

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Pierre Valla

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University of Bern
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*                                                   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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