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Post-doctoral research position in Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, Sweden


The Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) is a national center for research on natural hazards and risks that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, Swedish Defence University, and Karlstad University ( The research conducted at CNDS aims to improve the ability to prevent and deal with risks in society by raising awareness of the dynamics and consequences of natural hazards.

Duties/project description: 
We seek a 2-year postdoctoral researcher to work in the project entitled “Giant landslides from volcanic ocean islands: assessing volatile cycling in planet earth”. With this project you will go beyond the state of the art in disaster risk reduction by employing cutting edge analytical tools to the problem of landslide-volcano feedback dynamics in ocean islands and their consequences for society.

The aims of this project are to:

1. Investigate the causes of giant landslides from ocean islands in order to reduce associated risks in the Canary Islands and the Cape Verde Republic.

2. Use cutting-edge methods such as FTIR and SIMS analysis of Nominally Anhydrous Minerals (NAMs) to quantify the volatile content of primary mantle magmas by studying the lavas erupted immediately after giant landslides.

3. Assess landslide-related and likely cascading hazards on ocean islands.

4. Communicate findings to local media and government authorities in order to address disaster management in the Canaries and Cape Verdes, which will improve the currently under-developed response mechanisms, social preparedness, and resilience of local populations.

Fieldwork and international collaboration will form part of the candidate’s research. A small portion of the candidate’s time may be spent on teaching duties at the host institute, at a maximum of 20%.

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in mineralogy, igneous petrology, and/or analytical geochemistry. Experience working with volatile analysis and volatiles in NAMs is preferred. Candidates should have good communication, analytical, English writing, and interpersonal skills. 

To be eligible to apply you must have a PhD completed within three years of the application deadline. If you received your PhD earlier but special circumstances exist you are also eligible to apply.

The application should include a one-page statement of research interest and motivation for applying for this post-doctoral position. Specifically, the candidate should demonstrate how their qualifications and experiences meet the required qualifications. The application should also include a CV and contact details for two referees. Please note that applications will only be accepted via the web interface linked below.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: 2017-09-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 2019-08-31.

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact 
Valentin R. Troll, Professor: or Dr. Frances M. Deegan:

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-07-31, UFV-PA 2017/2580.


Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 July 2017

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