Post-doctoral position in organic biogeochemistry/paleoclimate

Postdoctoral Research Associate: “Plio-Pleistocene Climate Variability in the Beringian Arctic”

The Department of Geosciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a highly motivated and creative post-doctoral research associate in the field of biogeochemistry to examine Plio-Pleistocene Arctic climate variability. A 3.6 Myr drill core recovered from Lake E’gygytgyn in 2009 is the longest, nearly continuous, terrestrial climate record from the Arctic. This project will examine climate variability during three intervals: Marine Isotope Stages (MIS) 9-13, the mid-Brunhes transition between the “41-kyr world” and the “100-kyr world” including MIS 31, and the Late Pliocene including the M2 event at 3.3 Ma. The qualified candidates will have a PhD in the field of organic and stable isotope geochemistry. Experience with GC, GC-MS, GC-IRMS and HPLC-MS is required; experience with the analysis of plant leaf wax dD and glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers is desirable. Experience working in lacustrine systems and with modern proxy calibrations is also desirable. We seek a candidate who works well in a collaborative environment and who will interact closely with other scientists and students working on this project. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. This is a three year, full time position with benefits starting in January 2013 (or as close to this date as possible).

Please send a cover letter/statement of research interests, CV, and names of three references in a single PDF file to: search@geo.umass.edu.  Paper applications can be sent to Climate Variability Post-Doc, Dept. of Geosciences, UMass, 611 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA  01003-9297.  The priority deadline for applications is November 26, 2012 and but position will remain open until filled. The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

For more information please contact Isla Castañeda (isla@geo.umass.edu) or Julie Brigham-Grette (juliebg@geo.umass.edu).

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