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Open PhD Positions - Glacial Geomorphology

Pierre Valla-2
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

Institute of Geological Sciences
University of Bern
Baltzerstrasse 1+3
CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland

Office 002
Cell: +41 (0)78 917 43 84
Office: +41 (0)31 631 84 96
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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) 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 ([hidden email]). The evaluation of applications will start on June 1st 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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