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PhD, Palaeoclimatology - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 3.5 years funded by NERC
Start date: October 2023
Workplace: Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University
Principal supervisor: Vasile Ersek
Studentship awards include 3.5 years of fees, an annual living allowance (£17,668) and a Research Training Support Grant (for travel, consumables, as required).
Project title: A detailed climatic context for the growth and decay of Cretan Civilisations

Project Description: The degree to which ancient civilisations have been affected by climate changes is hotly debated. Many ancient societies were resilient to climate changes and the causal link between societal collapse and climate change often remains obscure. Associations between climate change and collapse of civilisations have been proposed in many parts of the world, including the Yucatan Peninsula, the Middle East, the Indus Valley and the Eastern Mediterranean. However, such links have often been made based on palaeoclimate reconstructions with large chronological uncertainties or using low-resolution records. The island of Crete is the site of the oldest European civilisation, the Minoans. It also has a rich history of subsequent cultures, including Dorian, Mycenaean, classical Greek, Roman, Venetian and Ottoman. The island has a complex mountainous topography and a spatially heterogeneous climate. Recent palaeoclimate records from Crete document significant climate changes during the last 10,000 years and suggest that humans have played a dominant role in shaping the ecosystem of this region. But there is still a need for well-dated, high-resolution, spatially distributed palaeoclimatic records from Crete. With such records we will be able to constrain the seasonal to decadal-scale extreme climate events (droughts, wildfires) that are more likely to have impacted human societies. Speleothems grow in caves close to sites of human occupation and in Crete have a wide altitudinal and longitudinal distribution, allowing for a robust characterisation of Crete’s microclimates. They can be dated accurately and precisely with U-series dating, and several geochemical proxies (e.g. oxygen and carbon isotopes, trace elements, clumped isotopes) can be used to derive a wide range of paleoenvironmental information. This project will focus on producing high-resolution, well-dated climate records using speleothems from Crete and you will synthesise the existing climatic and archaeological data for the island. You will also take part in field expeditions to collect additional materials and you will set up a cave monitoring programme to understand how the climate signal is transmitted from the surface to the cave environments. You will be trained in state-of-the-art geochemical techniques and you will work with earth scientists and archaeologists from University of Birmingham, University of York, University of Patras, and the Heraklion Ephorate of Antiquities. You will receive training in getting papers published, writing grant applications, and conference presentations. There will also be opportunities for undergraduate teaching and research supervision.
Geochemical analyses of speleothems
MSc or BSc in Earth Sciences or related disciplines
To apply please go to and select October 2023. In the application, please mention project code OP2321.

You will be part of the OnePlanet Doctoral Training Partnership. For more information please see:
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Vasile Ersek,
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Union College Stable Isotope Lab

Lab Technician, Stable Isotope Geochemistry - Schenectady, USA

Schenectady, United States
Start date ASAP, 2 year contract with possible renewal, Lab is in Department of Geological Sciences, Supervisors are David Gillikin, Donald Rodbell, and Anouk Verheyden

Work Days: Monday-Friday
Shift Start/End Time: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Hours Per Week: 40
Weeks Per Year: 50
The Union College Department of Geosciences is seeking a full time Laboratory Technician with expertise in stable isotope geochemistry. The Stable Isotope Laboratory and Sediment Core Laboratory technician will be responsible for overseeing a broad range of research activities conducted using a Thermo Delta Advantage isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS), Gas Bench, Costech EA, TCEA, Picarro L2140i CRDS, Micromill, 6-digit analytical balance, Coulter LS 230 particle size analyzer, UIC coulometers and autofurnace, Automate acidification module, MetrOhm auto-titrator, and an ICP-MS.

The Laboratory Technician will split their time between both laboratories, work with students and faculty researchers, train and oversee work-study students, prepare samples and standards, operate and maintain instrumentation, and conduct research. Major research projects include the Peruvian Andes lake and cave project, several other smaller lake core projects, bivalve shell geochemistry, other stalagmite geochemistry projects, and stable isotopes in tree-rings. Opportunities for independent research exist.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Overseeing the daily operations, maintenance, data quality, and use of instrumentation in the Stable Isotope and Sediment Core Laboratories that support the IRMS and peripherals and the CRDS used for multiple isotope analyses of O, C, N, and H in diverse substrates. This includes preparing samples and standards, washing glassware, keeping track of consumables, and interfacing with lab users.
Overseeing the daily operations, maintenance, data quality, and use of associated instrumentation including a Micromill, 6-digit analytical balance, particle size analyzer, coulometers, MetrOhm auto-titrator, and an ICP-MS.
Quality assurance of data.
Oversight of laboratory safety, waste, instrumentation status.
Oversight and responsibility for undergraduate work-study students, including training and scheduling.
Oversight, training, and responsibility for student, faculty, and visitors using the laboratories.
Development of new protocols and writing clear documentation of currently used protocols.
Conducting, presenting, and writing independent research.

Bachelor's degree in a science related field with more than 1 year IRMS experience and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to be impartial and establish rapport with a diverse range of campus community members.
Ability to pay attention to details, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
Ability to work effectively under pressure in a fast paced, rapidly changing environment and meet established goals and objectives.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to move about the work environment and to position oneself to operate laboratory equipment effectively at a height of more than five feet and to manipulate very small samples.
Ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds and will occasionally work near moving mechanical parts.
Ability to safely handle potentially hazardous chemicals while observing OSHA-mandated chemical hygiene regulations.
Preferred qualifications:

Master's degree in a related science field.
Previous experience with IRMS systems.
Geochemical research experience, specifically with stable isotopes, that has led to publication in peer-reviewed international journals
Experience teaching undergraduate students and involvement in undergraduate student-faculty research that has had a significant component of geochemical analysis
Application deadline
Further information
First consideration will be given to those who apply by September 30, 2022. The position will remain open until a qualified applicant pool is identified.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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Tenure Track Position, Geological Oceanography - Concepción, Chile

Concepcion, Chile
Closing date for applications: 30 October 2022.
Starting date: 1 March 2023.

Annual stipend is in the range of USD$ 30,000 -- 40,000, depending on qualifications and exchange rate.
The Department of Oceanography at the University of Concepción, Chile, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Geological Oceanography at the Assistant/Associate Professor level (based on candidate´s experience). Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Oceanography or a related field with a focus on geological oceanography and a strong background in the field of Paleoceanography. At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience is required.

We seek an individual who combines expertise in the field and laboratory experience on paleoenvironmental proxy records (geochemical, sedimentological and/or micropaleontological) from ocean archives to study past ocean/climate variability, and who is committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Research duties include to i) develop, establish, and maintain an active, national/international funded program of scholarly research in the area of his/her specialty; ii) publish scholarly work in peer-reviewed, top-ranked journals; and iii) disseminate research results at national and international congresses/symposia as well as to the general public.

Teaching and Advising: The successful candidate will teach courses in Geological Oceanography at the graduate and undergraduate level (in Spanish) and advise undergraduate and graduate students. The expected teaching load is at least 1 course per semester.

University services include: i) to participate in departmental/university committees, reviews, and research planning/leadership activities; and ii) to make research results available and accessible to the public.
Required qualifications:

Ph.D. in Oceanography or related field with a focus on geological oceanography/paleoceanography
Postdoctoral experience (minimum 2 years) is required
A proven research record, demonstrated by publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
A proven record in teaching and mentoring, demonstrated by past and present teaching experience and mentorship, and courses designed and/or taught.
A record of student evaluations of your Teaching, if available.
Good knowledge of data processing and statistics.
Previous sea-going experience is welcome.
Excellent organization and communication skills are required.
Proficiency in English as well as knowledge of the Spanish language (intermediate level) are a requirement.
Application Process:

Your application should be sent electronically to referencing “Cód. DOCE-02, Académico (44 Hrs), Geological Oceanography”.

Applicants are required to submit the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes a list of publications, funding, teaching and mentoring history, and community services; 2) A cover letter indicating your qualifications and experience for this position; 3) A statement of current and proposed research interests; 4) A statement of teaching experience and interest; 5) The names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

Human Resources of the department or center where you work may be contacted, if needed.
Application deadline
Further information
Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Marcus Sobarzo, Director Department of Oceanography (

The University of Concepción was founded in 1919, it is the third oldest university in Chile. It belongs to the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities ( The University of Concepción provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons.

The Department of Oceanography at the University of Concepción belongs to the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences and is dedicated to the study of the ocean in most scientific and technological aspects, including disciplines such as Aquaculture, Marine Biology, Marine Biotechnology, Oceanography, and Fisheries. In 2021, our Department celebrated 50 years of existence.
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