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[Met-jobs] Postdoc & PhD Student Positions, Palaeoclimatology, Switzerland

From "Dr. Carsten Lemmen" <carsten.lemmen@hzg.de>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <Met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:12:22 +0100

Dear colleagues,

There is an open positions for a Postdoc and PhD student in palaeoclimatology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Details below or under http://arve.unil.ch/jobs. Please forward this email to suitable candidates, the responsible contact person is

Dr. Basil Davis
Email: basil.davis@unil.ch 
Phone: +41 21 692 46 68
Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics
Faculté des Géosciences et l'Environnement, Université de Lausanne,
Batiment Géopolis, Quartier Mouline,
Lausanne CH1015, Switzerland

Cheers,
Carsten Lemmen


Postdoc Position, Palaeoclimatology, Switzerland

The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland invites applications for a Postdoctoral research position in the field of Palaeoclimatology. This is a full-time position for up to 3 years funded by the Fonds National Suisse (FNS). 

Project

The Postdoc will work within the FNS funded HORNET project to reconstruct and understand the mechanisms driving Holocene climate change over the Northern Hemisphere. 

Current climate models have difficulty reproducing the seasonal and regional nature of Holocene climate change. One explanation is that models underestimate the role of the atmospheric circulation, which has an important impact on regional and seasonal climate anomalies. The HORNET project will investigate this problem by developing a new spatially and seasonally explicit gridded reconstruction of Northern Hemisphere climate change throughout the last 12,000 years based on pollen data. This will provide the basis for investigating the role of atmospheric dynamics using model simulations, modern analogue circulation patterns, and records of circulation modes based on other proxies. 

The project is directed by Dr Basil Davis, together with Prof. Jed Kaplan, and based within the ARVE research group at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Candidate Profile

The candidate should hold a PhD in climate sciences, palaeo-environmental sciences or equivalent. A strong background in climate science and/or quantitative palaeoecology is required, ideally in relation to the Quaternary period. 

An aptitude and interest in the quantitative, spatial and statistical analysis of palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental data is essential. Experience in handling large datasets, databases, climate model output and data-model comparisons, transfer-functions, programming and spatial analysis is highly recommended. 

English is the working language of the research group. The candidate is therefore expected to have excellent skills in written and spoken English. The language of the University and region is French and the candidate will be encouraged to develop a basic competence in French, although the ability to speak French is not a requirement of the position.

Employment

The starting date is to be as soon as possible, and no later than February 2017. The position is for 1 year in the first instance, renewable for a further 2 years to a maximum of 3 years. Salary will be on the FNS scale between approximately 82-87K CHF (approx. equivalent to 83-88K USD, 76-81K EURO, 66-70K GBP).

Applications

The application should be in the form of two pdf documents containing the following:

1. Motivation Letter & Full Curriculum Vitae
2. Any additional research output in electronic format (MSc diploma thesis, PhD thesis, research reports, proceedings papers or other scientific publications) 

We will begin to consider applications immediately, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Further information

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Basil Davis (basil.davis@unil.ch

Posted: 14 November 2016

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PhD Student Position, Palaeoclimatology, Switzerland

The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland invites applications for a PhD student position in the field of Palaeoclimatology. This is a full-time position funded by the Fonds National Suisse (FNS). 

Project

The PhD student will work within the FNS funded HORNET project to reconstruct and understand the mechanisms driving Holocene climate change over the Northern Hemisphere. 

Current climate models have difficulty reproducing the seasonal and regional nature of Holocene climate change. One explanation is that models underestimate the role of the atmospheric circulation, which has an important impact on regional and seasonal climate anomalies. The HORNET project will investigate this problem by developing a new spatially and seasonally explicit gridded reconstruction of Northern Hemisphere climate change throughout the last 12,000 years based on pollen data. This will provide the basis for investigating the role of atmospheric dynamics using model simulations, modern analogue circulation patterns, and records of circulation modes based on other proxies. 

The project is directed by Dr Basil Davis, together with Prof. Jed Kaplan, and based within the ARVE research group at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Candidate Profile

The candidate should hold a Masters degree in climate sciences, palaeo-environmental sciences or equivalent. A strong background in climate science and/or quantitative palaeoecology is required, ideally in relation to the Quaternary period. 

An aptitude and interest in the quantitative, spatial and statistical analysis of palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental data is essential. Experience in handling large datasets, databases, climate model output and data-model comparisons, transfer-functions, programming and spatial analysis would be an advantage. 

English is the working language of the research group, and the PhD will be written and conducted in English. The candidate is therefore expected to have excellent skills in written and spoken English. The language of the University and region is French and the candidate will be encouraged to develop a basic competence in French, although the ability to speak French is not a requirement of the position.

Employment

The starting date is to be as soon as possible, and no later than February 2017. The position will follow the standard FNS format for PhD students, being for 1 year in the first instance, renewable for a further 2 years and then possibly an additional year to a maximum of 4 years. Salary will be on the FNS scale between approximately 47-50K CHF.

Applications

The application should be in the form of two pdf documents containing the following:

1. Motivation Letter & Full Curriculum Vitae (including grades)
2. Any additional research output in electronic format (MSc diploma thesis, PhD thesis, research reports, proceedings papers or other scientific publications) 

We will begin to consider applications immediately, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Further information

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Basil Davis (basil.davis@unil.ch

Posted: 14 November 2016



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