Postdoc researcher, paleohydrology or wetland carbon cycling - Haifa, Israel

A postdoc position is available at the University of Haifa in wetlands, paleoclimate, paleohydrology or wetland carbon cycling.


Coupling paleoclimate reconstruction using peat deposits with paleohydrology at the Hula basin (Israel)
The Hula Valley is a Ramsar wetland site in Northern Israel situated in a tectonically subsiding basin associated with the Dead Sea Transform system. This extensive wetland was one of the largest in the Middle East, and unusually for a semi-arid region, accumulated peat deposits of significant thickness. Owing to the tectonic setting, peat and lignite sections extend at least through the last glacial cycle. We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to build upon previous research on Hula basin peat and lignites as well as analysing new samples. Depending on the interests and experience of the successful candidate, research could focus on proxy-based paleoclimate reconstructions, reconstructions of fluctuations in the lake level of the Sea of Galilee, potential developments of paleofloods or analyses of carbon burial on Quaternary timescales in wetlands in the semi-arid Mediterranean biome. Over the last century, Hula wetlands have been extensively drained for agricultural production, leaving small remnants. More recently, parts of this internationally significant wetland have been restored. Thus, research could alternatively focus on more recent processes in wetland formation and carbon burial either in protected areas or at recently restored sites.


The Azrieli Foundation is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Israel. The funding is contingent on a prospective applicant securing a post-doctoral fellowship from the Azrieli Foundation on the project described above.

The research would be based at University of Haifa (Israel) with the possibility of research travel for laboratory analyses at the University of Toronto (Canada).


If you are interested in this research and interesting in applying for an Azrieli Fellowship, please review program details and your eligibility and apply online here:
Application deadline: 1 Nov 2020

Further information

For further information, please contact Prof Sarah Finkelstein (Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr Motti Zohar (Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)