2 Phd Positions – Arctic Coastal erosion – Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

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2 Phd Positions – Arctic Coastal erosion – Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

hlantuit
2 PhD positions on Arctic coastal erosion at the Alfred Wegener
Institute (AWI)

PhD Student 1:
Permafrost coastal erosion mapping and quantification of carbon and
nitrogen release Young Investigator Group Coastal permafrost Erosion,
organic Carbon and Nutrient release to the Arctic nearshore zone (COPER)
The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI),
Department of Periglacial Research in Potsdam, is seeking to appoint a
PhD student by March 1, 2012 for the Young Investigator Group "COPER".
The starting date is flexible and can be negotiated.
Project:
The Coastal permafrost Erosion, organic Carbon and Nutrient release to
the Arctic nearshore zone (COPER) project is a recently awarded Young
Investigator Group of the Helmholtz Society led by Dr. Hugues Lantuit.
It aims at establishing a scientific programme assessing the pace and
nature of sediment and organic matter transfer in the Arctic coastal
zone in a geographically and temporally integrated framework, by
focusing on contemporary erosion in the southern Canadian Beaufort Sea.
Job description:
The candidate will focus on the quantification of erosion of permafrost
coasts and released sediment along the shoreline of the Beaufort Sea
(Canada). The project will be performed with the use of GIS and
photogrammetric tools as well as surveying on site. The PhD student will
also be tasked with sampling and standard laboratory analyses of coastal
sediment. The project will entail substantial geomorphological analysis.
The resulting datasets will feed into the COPER project to form an
integrated sediment budget for the study area. The PhD student will be
supervised by Dr. Hugues Lantuit and be asked to register at the
University of Potsdam.
Requirements:
The candidate should  have a Masters degree (or equivalent) in
permafrost research, remote sensing, permafrost geochemistry or a
related subject. He/She will be expected to handle sedimentological
analysis and GIS tasks. The Candidate shall also expect to be asked to
take part in field work in the Arctic (western Canadian Arctic or Laptev
Sea area) and former field experience would be an asset. Excellent
skills in English (oral and written) are required. Knowledge of German
would be a plus, but is not required at the AWI, which enjoys an
international environment. The candidate will be expected to work
independently on his project and experience in managing own projects or
to develop own research ideas will be considered an advantage for the
selection.

PhD Student 2:
Permafrost coastal erosion mapping and quantification of carbon and
nitrogen release - EU project Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its
Global Effects in the 21st Century (PAGE21)
The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI),
Department of Periglacial Research in Potsdam, is seeking to appoint a
PhD student by March 1, 2012 for the EU project PAGE21.The starting date
is flexible and can be negotiated
Project:
The large-scale collaborative project PAGE 21 (Changing Permafrost in
the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century (PAGE21) aims to
understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to
a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms
associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost
zones. This 4 year programme (to be launched in November 2011) involves
18 research groups from European countries and partners in Russia,
Canada, the USA and Japan. The project description can be found at:
http://page21.org
Job description:
The PhD student will be tasked with the quantification of carbon and
nitrogen release from the erosion of permafrost coasts at the Arctic
level. Using a set of tools including remote sensing and Geographic
Information Systems (GIS), the candidate will combine field knowledge on
organic carbon and nitrogen content and pan-Arctic geospatial products
to assess the quantities of carbon and nitrogen released during the
erosion process. The study will rely on the production of high
resolution erosion datasets extracted from remote sensing imagery at the
PAGE21 main sites along the Arctic coastlines. The resulting datasets
will be upscaled to the Arctic level using a set of datasets to be
constructed in the PAGE21 project. The PhD student will be supervised by
Dr. Hugues Lantuit and be asked to register at the University of Potsdam.
Requirements:
  Ideally, the successful candidate will have a Masters degree (or
equivalent) in permafrost research, remote sensing, permafrost
geochemistry or a related subject. The candidate will be expected to
handle large amount of geospatial data and to be proficient in the
relevant software (ArcGIS; Envi or PCI Geomatics) or to be ready to
learn the tools in a rapid manner. The PhD student shall also expect to
be asked to take part in field work in the Arctic (western Canadian
Arctic or Laptev Sea area) and former field experience in the area would
be an asset. Excellent skills in English (oral and written) are
required. Knowledge of German would be a plus, but is not required at
the AWI, which enjoys an international environment. The candidate will
be expected to work independently on his project and experience in
managing own projects or to develop own research ideas will be
considered an advantage for the selection.

Length of contract:
Both positions are funded on the basis of a fixed term contract for 36
months (3 years). This advantageous timeframe is typical for PhDs in
Germany.

Salary:
Payment will be in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag für den
öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD,
http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tvoed/bund/). Cost-of-life is
relatively cheap in the Berlin region and makes the salary very attractive

Location:
The job will be based at the AWI in Potsdam. The AWI is a leading
institution in permafrost research in Europe and hosts a group of close
to 60 scientists, technicians and students in its periglacial research
section. The institute is located on a historical scientific campus
nearby the city centre. The city of Potsdam (~160,000 inhabitants) is
more than 1000 years old and is located along the banks of the Havel
River and the surrounding lakes. Potsdam is known for its splendid
baroque architecture, its preserved palaces, gardens, and numerous
monuments as well as a scientific environment which is unparalleled in
all of Germany. Potsdam is only a couple of minutes away from Berlin and
its cultural scene.

For further information, please contact Dr. Hugues Lantuit
(Hugues.Lantuit(at)awi.de, Phone: +49 331-288-2216)
The AWI is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by
federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research
in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology and
geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific
goals. It is one of the largest permafrost research institution in the
world.


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Dr. Hugues Lantuit
International Permafrost Association Secretariat
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
Potsdam 14473
Germany

Tel: +49-331-288-2216
Fax: +49-331-288-2188
Cell:   +49-170-454-0677
email: [hidden email]
http://www.awi.de/People/show?hlantuit
http://ipa-permafrost.org
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