Open PhD position: 'Geochronology of the first Eurasian Ice Sheets' based at Charles University and Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

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Open PhD position: 'Geochronology of the first Eurasian Ice Sheets' based at Charles University and Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Martin Margold-2
Dear Colleagues,

We invite applicants for a 4-year fully funded PhD position based at the
Department of Physical Geography & Geoecology, Charles University, and the
Czech Academy of Sciences Geophysical Institute, Prague:

‘Geochronology of the first Eurasian Ice Sheets’

Cosmogenic nuclides are produced by cosmic rays bombarding Earth’s surface.
Measurement of these rare nuclides in rock and sediment has revolutionised
the study of how climate and tectonics have shaped landscapes through time.
Earth’s climate has changed dramatically over geologic time, and knowledge
of what drives those changes is fundamental to understanding our planet and
its future. It is well known that vast ice sheets have advanced and
retreated across northern Eurasia many times over the past few million
years. For instance, ~20,000 years ago the maximum extent of the last ice
sheet covered the northern parts of Germany and Poland. Prior to that,
however, the glaciations are poorly understood, and geologists have spent
the past century trying to resolve how the distribution of ice sheets has
varied over time. This research project will set out to apply a newly
developed set of dating and modelling tools to unveil the history of the
Early to Middle Pleistocene glaciations in Eurasia (i.e. before 130,000
years ago).

The international advisory team will comprise: John Jansen (Czech Academy of
Sciences), Martin Margold (Charles University), and Mads Faurschou Knudsen
(Aarhus University).
The candidate will be involved with 1) collecting field samples at sites
stretching from NW to NE Europe (possibly into Russia), 2) laboratory
analysis, 3) mathematical modelling with cosmogenic nuclides, and 4)
presentation of results at international conferences. A significant period
will be spent at Aarhus University, where candidates will develop skills in
modelling and the art of preparing samples for cosmogenic nuclide analysis.

Applications are invited from those with headstrong interests in numerical
modelling, glacial geomorphology, and Quaternary sciences. Applicants should
hold a Master’s degree or be in the final year of their studies and be able
to present their Master’s degree at the beginning of their PhD candidature.
Applicants with some combination of maths fluency, programming language
skills, and lab experience will be strongly favoured.

The starting date is 1 Oct 2020, and remuneration will be competitive (up to
25,000 CZK/month), allowing for a reasonable standard of living in Prague.

Applications as well as informal inquiries should be sent to:
John Jansen
GFÚ Institute of Geophysics, Prague
[hidden email]

Applications should include:
1) A cover letter including your name, academic status and contact details,
as well as the names and contact details of two faculty advisors from whom
confidential letters may be sought.
2) A statement of interest including long-term academic plans, research
interests etc.
3) A short resume/CV, including a list of courses taken, and grades.
4) A self evaluation of strong and weak research skills, skills you
particularly want to develop, and likes and dislikes associated with
research and modelling.

Deadline for applications is 20th April 2020.

All good things,

John Jansen
GFÚ Institute of Geophysics, Prague

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