A position for a PhD student is available at the Renard Centre of Marine Geology (http://www.rcmg.ugent.be) of the Department of Geology and Soil Science at Ghent University (http://www.ugent.be), for the duration of 4 years starting from February-March 2012. This PhD project aims to contribute to the comprehension of the palaeoceanography of the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW), as well as of its impact on deep-water ecosystems.
In order to improve knowledge of the MOW variability, it is essential to study high-resolution sediment archives on sites which are located along the MOW pathway outside the proximal northern Gulf of Cadiz. The Bay of Biscay and the southern Gulf of Cadiz are understudied regions regarding the palaeoceanography of their intermediate water masses. Therefore, this study will focus on selected glacial and interglacial intervals and transition periods since the Middle Pleistocene. The study will involve high-resolution geochemical and sedimentological palaeoceanographic analyses of sediment cores, as well as the interpretation of geophysical site-survey data. This project will be carried out in close cooperation with partners at the Laboratoire de Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette, France) and the Laboratoire des Intéractions et Dynamique des Environnements de Surface (IDES, Université de Paris Sud 11, Orsay, France).
– You have a Master degree in Geology, Marine Sciences or equivalent.
– You have the intention to work towards a PhD and you fulfil the requirements to enroll as a doctoral student (http://www.ugent.be/en/research/doctoralresearch).
– You are interested in multidisciplinary work and you are willing to participate in marine geophysical and/or sedimentological surveys.
– Experience in geochemical analysis of benthic and planktonic foraminifera is an advantage.
– You are willing to assist in teaching (practicals, field work, supervision of BSc or MSc students).
– You are willing to perform research mobility abroad for several weeks.
– You are able to work independently.
– You have a good knowledge of English (written and oral).
Please send your application to Prof. Dr. David Van Rooij. You can also use this address to ask for more detailed information. The application file must contain (all in pdf):
– Application letter including your letter of motivation
– A curriculum vitae
– The names and addresses (including E-mail address) of 1 or 2 letters of referees
The deadline for application is 16 December 2011.