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PhD researcher position, Department of Geology - Ghent, Belgium

Ghent, Belgium
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Last application date: Jun 10, 2022 00:00
Department: WE13 - Department of Geology
Contract: Limited duration
Degree: MSc in Geology, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, or an equivalent degree in related fields pertinent to the research project.
Occupancy rate: 100%
Vacancy type: Research staff

We offer a 4-year PhD researcher position to analyze the offshore sedimentary record of past tsunamis and reconstruct a tsunami event stratigraphy for the Shetland Islands.
Description
The PhD researcher will use a combination of marine geological research techniques, such as multibeam bathymetric mapping, sub-bottom and high-resolution reflection seismic profiling, and sediment (vibro)coring, followed by a multi-proxy core analysis, involving core scanning (CT, MSCL, XRF), geochemistry, mineralogy, fabric analysis, microfossil analysis, geochronology,... The aims will be i) to identify offshore tsunami deposits, which may require developing novel proxies for characterizing tsunami event layers in the offshore realm, ii) to map their extent and correlate them with tsunami deposits known from onshore on the Shetland Islands, and iii) to combine all information into a revised tsunami event stratigraphy for the region.

The PhD student will be based and enrolled at the Department of Geology at Ghent University. The PhD supervisors will be Prof. Marc De Batist and Prof. Maarten Van Daele at Ghent University (UGent), Prof. Sue Dawson (University of Dundee, UK) and Prof. Pedro Costa (University of Coimbra, Portugal). It is expected that the PhD student will spend considerable time at the co-supervisors’ institutions to receive specialist training in specific methods and techniques (e.g. diatom analysis) and to apply these methods and techniques to the project data.

Tentative start date: 1 August 2022. The position is initially for one year, but it will be extended to a maximum of four years after positive evaluation. More information about PhD studies at Ghent University can be found here: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/doctoralresearch.

The PhD researcher will work in tandem with a second PhD researcher, who will be hired by the Geological Survey of Belgium (Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Brussels). This second PhD project will largely use the same data, but with a focus on reconstructing relative sea-level changes (see vacancy on: https://www.naturalsciences.be/en/about-us/organisation/jobs).

Both positions are funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) under the collaborative research Grant “Storegga and beyond – North Sea tsunami deposits offshore Shetland Islands (NORSEAT)”. This project has been awarded in the framework of a special programme to stimulate innovative scientific research using Belgium’s new RV Belgica II. We urge applicants to consider applying for both positions.
Tasks
- Conduct an extensive and comprehensive literature review and review of existing geological data;
- Plan and perform surveys at sea;
- Process and analyze geophysical and ground-truth data;
- Formulate additional research hypotheses and questions;
- Collaborate with (inter)national researcher partners;
- Write high quality research manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
- Participate in and represent UGent at project meetings, follow up and deliver milestones and deliverables as indicated in the grant proposal;
- Discuss planning and report progress to principal investigators;
- Present research at national and international conferences.
Requirements
- MSc in Geology, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, or an equivalent degree in related fields pertinent to the research project. MSc degree is required at the start of the appointment. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted.
- A keen interest in marine geology, working with and interpreting marine geophysical data, sedimentology, geohazards and lab work. Prior experience (e.g. via master thesis) in one or more of these topics is desirable.
- Willingness to participate in multi-day marine surveys, onboard RV Belgica II.
- Good organizational and interpersonal skills; a team player.
- Excellent communication skills in English – both orally and written.
- Highly motivated to conduct scientific research.
- Critical and creative.
- Scientific integrity.
- Open minded and taking initiative.
- Passionate scientist, willing to learn new skills and develop excellent research.
- Willing to work in an international context.
Applications
Application to be submitted electronically in a single PDF file, by e-mail, to Prof. Marc De Batist (marc.debatist@ugent.be).
Application should Include CV, a motivation letter and an overview of study results (transcript of records).
All applications will be assessed after the deadline and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a remote interview.
Application deadline
Further information
See vacancy: https://www.naturalsciences.be/en/about-us/organisation/jobs
Contact email
marc.debatist@ugent.be

PhD researcher, Analysis of offshore sedimentary record - Ghent, Belgium

Gent, Belgium
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4-year PhD researcher position to analyze the offshore sedimentary record to reconstruct a relative sea level (RSL) curve for the Holocene, which is poorly constrained so far for the Shetland Islands, in order to more accurately assess run-up heights of the palaeo-tsunamis.

The PhD researcher will use a combination of coastal geological research techniques, such as coring and microfossil analysis, geochemical analysis, fabric analysis, geochronology and multivariate statistics in combination with onshore mapping, multibeam bathymetric mapping, sub-bottom and high-resolution reflection seismic profiling. The aim is to develop a new RSL curve for the region by collecting new sea-level data from the Shetland Islands and by coupling onshore and offshore sea-level index points into a record to improve regional GIA models.

The PhD student will be based at the Geological Survey of Belgium and enrolled at the Department of Geology at Ghent University. The PhD supervisors will be Prof. Vanessa Heyvaert at Ghent University/Geological Survey of Belgium (UGent/GSB), Prof. Sue Dawson (University of Dundee, UK) and Dr. Max Engel (University of Heidelberg, Germany). It is expected that the PhD student will spend considerable time at the co-supervisors’ institutions to receive specialist training in specific methods and techniques (e.g. diatom analysis) and to apply these methods and techniques to the project data.

Tentative start date: 1 September 2022. The position is initially for one year, but it will be extended to a maximum of four years after positive evaluation. The PhD student will be employed by the GSB, but enrolled for his PhD study at Ghent University. More information about PhD studies at Ghent University can be found here: https://www.ugent.be/en/research/doctoralresearch.
Description
The PhD researcher will work in tandem with a second PhD researcher, who will be hired by Ghent University. This second PhD project will largely use the same data, but with a focus on the sedimentological study of offshore tsunami deposits (see vacancy on: https://www.ugent.be/en/work/scientific, under Department of Geology).

Both positions are funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) under the collaborative research Grant “Storegga and beyond – North Sea tsunami deposits offshore Shetland Islands (NORSEAT)”. This project has been awarded in the framework of a special programme to stimulate innovative scientific research using Belgium’s new RV Belgica II. We urge applicants to consider applying for both positions.
Tasks
- Conduct an extensive and comprehensive literature review and review of existing sea-level data;
- Plan and perform surveys at sea;
- Plan and perform the collection of sea-level index points through on- and offshore coring.
- Develop a RSL curve by means of a range of different indicators, including microfossil-based transfer functions;
- Collaborate with international researcher partners;
- Write high quality research manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
- Participate in and represent the Geologica Survey of Belgium at project meetings, follow up and deliver milestones and deliverables as indicated in the grant proposal;
- Discuss planning and report progress to principal investigators;
- Present research at national and international conferences.
Requirements
- MSc in Geology, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, or an equivalent degree in related fields pertinent to the research project. MSc degree is required at the start of the appointment. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted.
- A keen interest in sedimentology, micropalaeontology and RSL reconstructions, as well as geological field and lab work in general. Prior experience (e.g. via master thesis) in one or more of these topics is desirable.
- Willingness to participate in multi-day marine surveys, onboard RV Belgica II.

GENERIC COMPETENCE
- Good organizational and interpersonal skills; a team player.
- Excellent communication skills in English – both orally and written.
- Highly motivated to conduct scientific research.
- Critical and creative.
- Scientific integrity.
- Open minded and taking initiative.
- Passionate scientist, willing to learn new skills and develop excellent research.
- Willing to work in an international context.
Applications
Application to be submitted electronically in a single PDF file, by e-mail, to Prof. Vanessa Heyvaert (Vanessa.heyvaert@naturalsciences.be). Deadline : 10/06/2022

Application should Include CV, a motivation letter and an overview of study results (transcript of records).

All applications will be assessed after the deadline and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a remote interview.
Application deadline
Further information
Prof. Vanessa Heyvaert (vanessa.heyvaert@naturalsciences.be)

Job advertisement: https://www.naturalsciences.be/en/about-us/organisation/jobs#anchor21814
Contact email
vanessa.heyvaert@naturalsciences.be

PhD position, Geoarchaeology of coastal caves - Salento, Italy

Salento, Italy
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There is an open PhD position in “Geoarchaeology of coastal caves in Salento (Castro-Porto Badisco, Southern Puglia, Italy): landscape evolution, climate, palaeoenvironments and sea-level changes” available at the Turin University, Italy (Department of Earth Science) and reserved to a candidate holding a foreign
degree.
Description
Find out more: https://www.phdearthsciences.unito.it/do/avvisi.pl/Show?_id=95aw
Tasks
Find out more: https://www.phdearthsciences.unito.it/do/avvisi.pl/Show?_id=95aw
Requirements
Find out more: https://www.phdearthsciences.unito.it/do/avvisi.pl/Show?_id=95aw
Applications
Find out how to apply here: https://www.phdearthsciences.unito.it/do/avvisi.pl/Show?_id=95aw
Application deadline
Contact email
pierluigi.pieruccini@unito.it

PhD position in Water Isotopes and Paleoclimatology

Basel, Switzerland
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100% / July 1st, 2022

A 4-year PhD position is available at the Quaternary Geology Group at the Department of Environmental Science, University of Basel (www.duw.unibas.ch). Dedicated to paleoclimate and geochemical research, our research group is specialized in the analysis of speleothems (cave carbonates) archives and oversees state-of-the-art analytical facilities. The PhD position is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) to focus on the application of the water stable isotope paleo-thermometry on speleothem fluid inclusions in order to develop quantitative central European paleotemperature records for the Holocene and Pleistocene periods. The project will take place essentially in Switzerland and neighbouring countries.
Description
The characterizations of variations in the hydrological cycle on a regional scale is an important task in paleoclimate research. Water isotopes in speleothem fluid inclusion are a powerful proxy for investigating the past water cycle as they are directly related to the isotopic composition of rainfall above the cave. In order to understand the climatic and environmental signals based on water isotopes we need to understand the driving factors of the water isotopes in modern precipitation.
Tasks
For this project, you will initiate a cave drip and precipitation water isotope survey at different cave sites in Switzerland in order to understand their variability, especially related to the source of moisture. You will set up and test a new fluid inclusion extraction line which will be used to apply the speleothem fluid inclusion water isotope paleo-thermometry to Holocene and Pleistocene stalagmites in order to provide quantitative temperature estimates. In addition, you will characterize speleothem fluid inclusions using digital image analyses. The project involves stable isotope analyses (hydrogen, oxygen and carbon) on precipitation, drip water and speleothems that will be performed in the stable isotope laboratory of the Quaternary Geology group. Furthermore, the candidate will have the opportunity to join fieldtrips to Swiss caves.
Requirements
Looking for a highly motivated and proactive student with a master's degree in geosciences, hydrology, climatology, environmental sciences or related disciplines. Candidates are expected to have background and interest in method development, (paleo-)climatology or geochemistry. Prior experience in stable water isotopes, laser spectroscopy/isotope ratio mass spectrometry techniques or speleothem-based research would be an advantage. Candidates should have strong interest in analytical work, data analyses and interpretation. They should be able to work both independently and within a team. Good communication and written English skills are essential in order to conduct the research and to work within our international team.
Applications
The PhD project (100%) is part of a research project financed for 4 years by the SNF and is envisioned to start July 1st, 2022. We offer an interesting position in an international and multidisciplinary work environment and superb infrastructure. The salary will be within the frame of the SNF guidelines (www.snf.ch).
Application / Contact

Please submit your complete application documents, including (i) a letter of your research interests and motivation for the position, your experience and skills, (ii) a CV, (iii) contact details of two references (one of them should be the main advisor of your master's thesis), as well as (iv) transcripts and diplomas of your bachelor's and master's degrees (if available) via our online recruiting platform. We accept only online applications.

For further information please contact Dr. Stéphane Affolter (stephane.affolter@unibas.ch). Reviews of applications will begin mid May 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Application deadline
Contact email
stephane.affolter@unibas.ch

PhD position in Paleoclimate Research

Basel, Switzerland
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100% / July 1st, 2022

A 4-year PhD position is available at the Quaternary Geology Group at the Department of Environmental Science, University of Basel (www.duw.unibas.ch). Dedicated to paleoclimate and geochemical research, our research group is specialized in the analysis of speleothems (cave carbonates) archives and oversees state-of-the-art analytical facilities. The PhD position is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) to focus on the application of the water stable isotope paleo-thermometry on speleothem fluid inclusions in order to develop quantitative central European paleotemperature records for the Holocene and Pleistocene periods. The project will take place essentially in Switzerland and neighbouring countries.
Description
The PhD project (100%) is part of a research project financed for 4 years by the SNF and is envisioned to start July 1st, 2022. We offer an interesting position in an international and multidisciplinary work environment and superb infrastructure. The salary will be within the frame of the SNF guidelines (www.snf.ch).
Tasks
The characterizations of variations in the hydrological cycle on a regional scale is an important task in paleoclimate research. Water isotopes in speleothem fluid inclusion are a powerful proxy for investigating the past water cycle as they provide direct information on past precipitation water. The PhD candidate will investigate and apply the speleothem fluid inclusion water isotope paleo-thermometry to diverse samples coming from several caves from Switzerland and neighbouring countries in order to provide quantitative temperature estimates. The project involves stable isotope analyses (hydrogen, oxygen and carbon) of speleothem calcite and fluid inclusion water that will be performed in the stable isotope laboratory of the Quaternary Geology group. Your main task will be to develop a water isotope and paleotemperature record covering several (glacial)-interglacial intervals for central-western Europe using our available analytical line for fluid inclusion analyses. A focus will be set on paleotemperature reconstructions over the last 15,000 years. Furthermore, the candidate will have the opportunity to join fieldtrips to Swiss caves.
Requirements
e are looking for a highly motivated and reliable student with master's degree in geosciences, climate or environmental sciences or related disciplines. Candidates are expected to have background and interest in paleoclimatology, climatology or geochemistry. Prior experience in speleothem-based research, in particular on stable isotope analyses in the frame of paleoclimate/modern studies or in conducting analyses with laser spectroscopy or isotope ratio mass spectrometry instruments would be an advantage. Candidates should have strong interest in analytical work, data analyses and interpretation. They should be able to work both independently and within a team. Good communication and written English skills are essential in order to conduct the research and to work within our international team.
Applications
Please submit your complete application documents, including (i) a letter of your research interests and motivation for the position, your experience and skills, (ii) a CV, (iii) contact details of two references (one of them should be the main advisor of your master's thesis), as well as (iv) transcripts and diplomas of your bachelor's and master's degrees (if available) via our online recruiting platform. We accept only online applications.

For further information please contact Dr. Stéphane Affolter (stephane.affolter@unibas.ch). Reviews of applications will begin mid May 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Application deadline
Contact email
stephane.affolter@unibas.ch

PhD Programme x 6, Science and Management of Climate Change - Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy
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The PhD programme in Science and Management of Climate Change is a joint initiative between Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC).

Available positions: 6 with scholarships

The PhD programme offers a 4-years fully funded scholarship, including one year of full-time coursework, with worldwide research opportunities and connections to a broad international network of top-level universities and research centres in the field, as well as placement in highly renowned institutions afterwards. The programme is conducted entirely in English.
Description
The PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change is a 4 year programme. During the first year students complete their coursework in Venice, while from the second year onward they develop their research projects and work on their final PhD dissertations. After completion of the first year, PhD students are required to spend a period conducting research at a foreign institution or university, to be agreed with the tutor and approved by the PhD Board. All PhD thesis will be externally reviewed by international referees.
Tasks
The programme comprises 12 core courses of 6 ECTS each, from a range of subject areas. Students benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussion group exercises, and case studies. Credits are acquired by attending the courses and by passing a final exam. Attendance is mandatory. Seminars, guest lectures, and elective thematic courses are organized throughout the year in order to facilitate interaction among students from different cycles and different programmes, as well as with invited guests from important research centres and universities.
Requirements
PhD students completing their studies and receiving their PhDs will also receive the qualification of MPhil in Science and Management of Climate Change at the end of their 4-year programme.
Applications
Application deadline
The Call for Applications for the academic year 2022/2023 will close on May 2nd, 2022, @ 1 pm (Italian time)

Application information and forms
The Call for Application (PDF File), general information, and forms for the PhD Programme in Science and Management of Climate Change can be downloaded at:
[eng] https://www.unive.it/pag/43334/
[ita] http://https://www.unive.it/pag/43333/
Application deadline
Further information
Detailed info at the web page www.unive.it/phdclimatechange

For additional info about the application process, please write to phd.application@unive.it.
Contact email
phd.application@unive.it

PhD, paleofire and data sciences - Besançon, France

Besançon, France
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The Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté in France is seeking a PhD student to conduct a project entitled: "Leverage the meaning of paleofire data through metadata mining. Case studies in mediterranean, tropical and arctic ecosystems.”

The PhD will be based at the Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté in France but will include two stays at the University of Göttingen in Germany and Auburn University in the United States and collaborative work with researchers at University of Bern in Switzerland.
Description
The project will use data in the Global Paleofire Database to better relate paleofire datasets to key fire indices. The project will first build an inventory of environmental parameters used to describe fire regimes in three case study regions (boreal, Mediterranean, and tropical).
Tasks
The key indices of this inventory will be linked to paleofire data to create a multi-indicator database for each case study and to better understand how paleofire data capture fire regime characteristics. Neural networks and machine learning analyses will be used to harness the databases and leverage paleofire knowledge.
Requirements
Graduate in environmental science or in data science and experience in the other one, fluency in English.
Applications
- Detailed CV (with full contact details: email address, postal address, telephone)
- Cover letter with the title of the project and the name of the thesis director (1 to 2 pages)
- A tentative post-thesis professional project (1 page)
- Transcripts and results in Master degree or equivalent. You must provide your ranking – final or provisional – and the number of students in the Master. If your training does not deliver rankings automatically, insist with the person in charge to obtain it – specifying the compulsory nature for your application. This ranking will not be made public
- Letter (s) of recommendation

For full details of the position, download the pdf here: https://pastglobalchanges.org/sites/default/files/2022-04/Paleofire_leverage_PhD_project.pdf
Application deadline
Further information
Contact:
o Boris Vannière <boris.vanniere@univ-fcomte.fr>
o Richard Vachula <vachula14@gmail.com>
o Elisabeth Dietze <edietze@awi.de>
Contact email
boris.vanniere@univ-fcomte.fr

PhD Programme in Polar Sciences (4 years)

Venice, Italy
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The PhD programme in Polar Sciences is a joint initiative of Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS).

The PhD programme offers a 4-years fully funded scholarship, including one year of full-time coursework, with worldwide research opportunities and connections to a broad international network of top-level universities and research centres in the field, as well as placement in highly renowned institutions afterwards. The programme is conducted entirely in English.
Description
The programme comprises 12 core courses of 6 ECTS each, from a range of subject areas. Students benefit from a balance between teaching and learning through a mix of lectures, seminars, external speakers, discussion group exercises, and case studies. Credits are acquired by attending the courses and by passing a final exam. Attendance is mandatory. Seminars, guest lectures, and elective thematic courses are organized throughout the year in order to facilitate interaction among students from different cycles and different programmes, as well as with invited guests from important research centres and universities.
Tasks
The PhD in Polar Sciences is a 4 year programme. During the first year students complete their coursework in Venice, while from the second year onward they develop their research projects and work on their final PhD dissertations. After completion of the first year, PhD students are required to spend a period conducting research at a foreign institution or university, to be agreed with the tutor and approved by the PhD Board. All PhD thesis will be externally reviewed by international referees.
Requirements
The objective of the PhD programme is to prepare students with in-depth scientific competences and original and innovative research activities for becoming experts on topics related to recent and past environmental and climate changes of the polar regions and of the glaciated areas of high altitude/low latitudes sites. The state of the art of the scientific knowledge will be made available for the students for building a robust scientific understanding of the processes regulating the climate changes occurring in the polar regions with an interdisciplinary approach.
Applications
The Call for Applications for the academic year 2022/2023 will close on May 2nd, 2022, @ 1 pm (Italian time)

Application information and forms
The Call for Application (PDF File), general information, and forms for the PhD Programme in Polar Sciences can be downloaded at:
[eng] https://www.unive.it/pag/43334/
[ita] http://https://www.unive.it/pag/43333/

Available positions: 6 with scholarships
Application deadline
Further information
For additional info about the application process, please write to phd.application@unive.it
Detailed info at the webpage: https://www.unive.it/pag/35949/
Contact email
phd.application@unive.it

PhD position, “What can the paleo-record tell us about tropical peatlands?” - Exeter, UK

Exeter, United Kingdom
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The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student will be based in Geography in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

The “Grupo GGF scholarship” has been generously donated by the Peruvian Grupo GGF company. This award provides annual funding to cover Home or International tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 per year tax-free stipend.

International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD.
Description
Tropical peatlands are the most carbon-dense ecosystems in the world and they store the equivalent of ~10 years of global fossil fuel emissions in their soils (Page et al., 2011). They also provide important ecosystem services to the people living near them. Despite their importance, crucial questions remain about how they may respond to environmental and climate changes (Sjögersten et al., 2014). Improving our understanding of these ecosystems is critical as they are at high risk from both climate change and land use change. Protection and improved management of tropical peatlands can also play an important role in meeting the greenhouse gas emissions targets set out under the Paris and Glasgow Agreements.
Tasks
Project Aims and Methods

The project aims to understand how past environmental and climatic drivers have affected peatland functioning in the past. This will inform how best to include peatlands in land-surface models and will allow us to better predict how the peatlands will respond to present and future climate change. Using samples collected in the Peruvian Amazon Basin (and complemented with cores from other tropical areas of the world), this PhD will investigate:

- How has peatland hydrology affected carbon cycling during the Holocene?

- How has peatland vegetation responded to climate changes in the past?

Answering these questions will involve querying the paleo-archive that is contained in peatlands. To this end, you will have access to cores from different sites in Peru and across the tropics. The PhD will train you in paleo-methods, including macrofossil analysis and testate amoeba (Swindles et al., 2018). There is also the possibility of examining the distribution of hopane isotopes and plant biomarkers to learn more about precipitation and hydrology in these as yet unexplored ecosystems. There is considerable flexibility for you to pursue different research avenues dependent on their interests.

Training:

This project will provide training in cutting-edge laboratory methods including biomarkers, testate amoeba, pollen, macrofossils and geochemistry. You will also be provided with training in field skills. You will be encouraged to participate in training courses to develop both technical and personal skills essential for a successful scientific career, including the opportunity to present your research at a major international conference.
Requirements
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology such as Environmental Science, Soil Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, etc.

You must be enthusiastic to organise and undertake prolonged research trips to the Peruvian Amazon and other tropical peatland areas. You must also have, or demonstrate a strong capacity to learn a good to fluent level of Spanish and good analytical skills. Prior experience of laboratory work or/and field work in the tropics and the Amazonian forests would be advantageous. We welcome applications from prospective students coming from countries in the South American/Amazonian region.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the required level (Profile B) as per our guidance at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/pg-research/apply/english/
Applications
Apply online: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4428

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.
- CV
- Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
- A Research proposal (3x A4 pages outlining your understanding of what the project will entail, including a short literature review)
- Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
- Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.

- If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 30th April 2022. Interviews will be held virtually in the week commencing 23rd May 2022.
Application deadline
Further information
pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk
Contact email
pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

PhD position, An analysis of the impact of climate change on traditional fire knowledge - London, UK

London, United Kingdom
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Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and Royal Holloway Scholarship

Project title: An analysis of the impact of climate change on traditional fire knowledge

Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Daniele Colombaroli and Professor Jay Mistry, Co-Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society and, both in the Department of Geography.

It will be funded at £18,062 stipend per annum including London allowance (rising in line with annual increments), with UK fees paid for four years full-time equivalent.

Candidates outside the UK will need to top-up the tuition fees to the international fees for four years full-time equivalent. Eligible EU students starting will be awarded a fee reduction scholarship equivalent to 60% of the difference between the UK and international fee.

There will be support funding for fieldwork and conference attendance.

The studentship is available from September 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Description
This is a project at the interface between physical geography and participatory work. It combines multi-annual to centennial climate changes inferred from natural archives and participatory methods to assess how people experience climate change/climate impacts and how they have responded in terms of fire use and management.

Traditional knowledge is adapted over time through everyday life experiences of repetition, learning and experimentation, and is therefore not static but constantly changing. There is a lack of information about how this knowledge is adapted to local environmental changes following both short and long-term climate variability. Histories of colonisation over the last centuries together with rapidly changing environmental conditions (including extreme climate events and wildfires) have affected the way people experience climate change/climate events and how they have responded/adapted.

This project will investigate how fire knowledge is transmitted and is able to adapt to short/long term climate variability as evidenced in proxy records from terrestrial archives, such as lake sediments or peat bogs. It will look at the shared or social memory of environmental change, fire occurrence and how that adapts and evolves in response to a dynamic climate change context.

The project may involve a mixture of data collection techniques including palaeoclimate proxies, participatory methods, interviews, archival work, and remote sensing. The spatial scale and geographic location of the research is open to the student.

The supervisors:

Dr Daniele Colombaroli’s research interests are in biogeography, fire ecology and long-term ecology, including tropical palaeoecology and dendroclimatology. His research projects have examined species and community responses to climate variability, the role of fire in the Anthropocene, and the origin of "iconic" cultural landscapes. His work is oriented towards the applications of long-term ecological data for forest management and biodiversity conservation.

Prof Mistry’s research lies in environmental management and governance. The central concept running through her work is that environmental management and governance should not be top-down implementation of external expertise, but must involve active local participation building upon local and Indigenous knowledges and practices. Her work converges environmental and social science methods, within a framework of participatory action research using participatory methods. She has long-term research experience of fire management and collaborations with Indigenous communities in Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela.
Tasks
The student will be part of the Department of Geography’s Centre for Quaternary Research (CQR) and the Geopolitics, Development, Security and Justice (GDSJ) Research Group.

The CQR aims to understand environmental, human and biotic responses to past climate changes, and their relevance in an anthropogenically warmed world. The GDSJ group works on issues of mobility, security, governance, justice and rights across political, development, environmental and social geography, both in and across the Global North and Global South including the UK and Overseas Territories, the Arctic and Antarctica, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The student will be also supported by scholars working in the Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society (https://centreforwildfires.org) established in 2019.

The Centre is comprised of social and natural scientists from Imperial College, Kings College, Royal Holloway and University of Reading, working together to create a new, integrative science of wildfire. The aim of the Centre is: to understand what factors govern wildfire regimes, including the sources, frequency, intensity, timing, and spatial pattern of fire; develop ways of predicting fire risks that include new biophysical understanding and account more reflexively for human-environment dynamics; quantify the impacts of fire on natural processes and human systems, including assessing their economic consequences and wider cultural meanings; and develop ideas for living with fire.

The student will be also part of the PAGES DiverseK working group (https://pastglobalchanges.org/science/wg/diversek/intro) a network of environmental and social scientists working to develop recommendations for the most pressing environmental and social justice issues.
The student will therefore join a vibrant interdisciplinary research community with a joint vision of producing evidence-based understanding of the human-fire nexus that can help inform policy and practice.
Requirements
- The applicant will have a good undergraduate degree in geography, environmental sciences or an allied field.
- They will either have, or be working towards, a masters or equivalent.
- Demonstrated experience with proxy-based climate reconstructions and/or community engagement, writing to high standards, and a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams is essential.
- A background experience with quantitative and qualitative data analyses, is an advantage.
Applications
Applicants should submit:
i) A CV (max 2 sides) including details of two academic references
ii) A cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the studentship (max 2 sides)
iii) A sample of written work up to 2000 words

These should be sent by email to Daniele.Colombaroli@rhul.ac.uk and to j.mistry@rhul.ac.uk by 28/05/2022.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.
Application deadline
Further information
For further information on the project, please contact Daniele Colombaroli (Daniele.Colombaroli@rhul.ac.uk) or Jay Mistry (j.mistry@rhul.ac.uk).

View the full job here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/geography/news/environment-and-society-and-royal-holloway-scholarship/
Contact email
Daniele.Colombaroli@rhul.ac.uk