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Doctoral student in geology, Sweden


Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 42 000 students and more than 7 500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into ten departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Geology has a long and successful history of research with an international reputation throughout the entire geological field and offers nationally leading undergraduate programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. About 40 researchers/teachers and 30 research students are active at the department, which consists of two sub-departments: Quaternary Sciences, and Lithosphere and Biosphere Sciences. Research within Quaternary Sciences focuses on physical, chemical and biological changes and processes during the Quaternary Period, as recorded in well-dated terrestrial and marine deposits, and aims to gain an increased understanding of the complex Earth System and its most recent geological history.

Knowledge regarding variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide and on the sources and sinks of carbon is essential for understanding climate change and the greenhouse effect. However, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are governed primarily by the weathering of silicate minerals. The global biogeochemical silica cycle transfers materials from rocks on the continents to the oceans where dissolved silica is taken up by Si-depositing organisms, such as diatoms, and is removed from the surface and buried in ocean sediments.

The PhD project will investigate the stable isotopic content of Si-depositing organisms isolated from geological substrates. Long-term variations in dissolved silica from the continents to the coastal ocean will be investigated from the Si isotope signal in samples of siliceous materials (sponges, diatoms) contained in coastal marine sediments. The PhD thesis will ultimately link the global biogeochemical cycles of silica and carbon to increase our understanding of the factors governing variations in the Earth’s climate.

As a PhD student you will participate in the field work related to the project and perform geochemical analysis of sediment samples. You will also write scientific publications.

The applicants are expected to hold a university degree (preferably MSc. or equivalent) in natural sciences. A degree in subjects like Geology, Geochemistry, Geography or Aquatic Ecology is preferable. Documented experience in field studies is an advantage. Experience of scientific publication in English is an asset.

Additional information
The starting date is negotiable, but the project should commence 15 October.

The application should also include a letter with motivation on why the student wants to undertake a Ph.D. in this area, a CV with general personal information and details of previous study/work record.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 28 August 2015

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