June 2011
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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: PhD Position at the Univ. of Rovira and IRTA (Spain)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:31:23 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

PhD student position in paleolimnological research announced jointly
by the Centre for Climate Change (C3) at the University Rovira i
Virgili (URV) and Aquatic Ecosystems Unit of the Institute for Food
and Agricultural Research Technology (IRTA) in Sant Carles de la
Ràpita (Spain).

Topic: Reconstruction of the evolution of climate and environment of
the Ebro Delta (NE Spain)

Project description:

The Ebro Delta is an area of high ecological interest (is the second
most important wetland in Spain and one of the most important in the
Mediterranean) and very sensitive to climate change and alterations in
the river basin. Deltas are very dynamic coastal systems, where
geological processes occur at human scale and where the interaction
between biotic and abiotic elements is very intense and complex.
Therefore, the deltas are good "natural laboratories" very appropriate
to study climatic and environmental changes occurring in the past and
to make predictions about the future evolution of coastal areas
according to different scenarios of climate change and human
activities in the watershed. Through the combined study of the
geochemistry of the Ebro Delta sediments and the fossil diatoms of
these sediments, the thesis project aims to investigate past changes
(from decades to millennia) occurred in the Ebro Delta. The analysis
and interpretation of information obtained will allow establishing and
testing hypotheses about the geomorphological, ecological and climate
evolution of the Delta in order to reconstruct its past evolution;
this may also allow establishing relationships between the types of
changes as well as their interaction mechanisms. Additionally the
results on the past evolution of the delta may allow, through the
simulation of future scenarios, the estimation of the impacts of
climate change and land use changes on the geomorphologic and
ecological features of the Ebro delta.


The candidate has to be granted with a degree in biology, geography,
geology or environmental sciences. Experience in analysis of diatoms
and/or in statistical techniques, sediment geochemistry or climate
data series are merits but not prerequisite. The successful applicant
should be have good ability to write and speak English, good technical
skills, power of initiative, independence and ability to collaborate.
Applicants should note that the research activities will take place
both at IRTA centre in Sant Carles de la Rapita and at the URV in

We offer: 4-year contract within URV

Foreseen starting date: September 2011

Application: Detail of the application and documentation required can
be found in:

In addition to the documentation listed in the call, candidates should
also include a letter of intent/motivation.

Deadline for application: 30 of June of 2011


Further information can be obtained in the webpage:

Or by contacting:

Manola Brunet (<>)
Centre for Climate Change, URV
Avda. Catalunya 35
43071 Tarragona, Spain
Tel: +34 977 559583

Carles Ibáñez (<>) & Rosa Trobajo
IRTA Aquatic Ecosystems
Ctra de Poble Nou Km 5.5
43540 Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Tarragona, Spain
Tel: +34 977 745427

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