[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc position: Freshwater shells as archives of riverine geochemistry and discharge in African river basins.
marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Mar 14 08:51:09 MDT 2014
*Postdoc position: Freshwater shells as archives of riverine geochemistry
and discharge in African river basins.*
Funding is available for a joint postdoc position in the Department of
Earth & Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven (Belgium, http://ees.kuleuven.be)
and Union College Geology Department (Schenectady, NY,
http://minerva.union.edu/gillikid/), focusing on the use of stable isotope
and elemental proxies in freshwater bivalve shells as tracers for river
discharge and biogeochemistry in different African river basins. This
project includes both the further development and calibration of proxies
(using data from various sites where aquatic proxies have been or are being
monitored), and its application to both recent and archived museum shells
to document changes in catchment conditions. This is a collaborative
project between the two labs; the position will be based in KU Leuven
with regular stays in Gillikin's lab in NY. There are excellent facilities
in both labs to support this work, including laser ablation ICP-MS,
micromilling, and IRMS equipment with various peripherals.
We seek a highly motivated and creative candidate with experience in the
application of elemental and isotopic tracers in carbonate archives
(corals, bivalves, otoliths, ..). He/she is expected to mentor a PhD
student and possible MSc students working on the same project. While
certain datasets (see http://ees.kuleuven.be/project/afrival/ for ongoing
work) and shell material are available, further sample collection will be
required, so candidates should be able and willing to perform fieldwork in
Africa to collect shells and set up or follow up existing monitoring
stations. Funding is available for 2 years, with a possible extension.
Interested candidates can obtain more information by e-mailing Steven
Bouillon (steven.bouillon at ees.kuleuven.be) and David Gillikin
(gillikid at union.edu).
To apply, send a motivation letter and CV (in pdf) by e-mail to both of us.
We will start reviewing applications after May 1st, 2014 - but the position
will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found. Starting date
for this position would be flexible, so candidates currently still
finalizing a PhD are also welcome to apply.
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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