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4 PhD Researchers in Paleoclimatology, Netherlands

PhD Researcher Positions within the Paleoclimatology group, which make part of a NWO-funded Vici program, the program involves scientists at Utrecht University, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), and various European and US research groups.

Job description: Currently, we seek to fill four PhD-research positions within the Paleoclimatology group, which make part of a NWO-funded Vici program – entitled ”Evolution of astronomically paced climate changes from Greenhouse to Icehouse world” – granted to Dr. Lucas Lourens.
The Vici program aims to detect the non-linear response mechanisms within the global climate system to astronomical forcing using an integrated data-modeling comparison approach applied to four key intervals, which experienced different background pCO2 concentrations. These intervals comprise: (1) the onset of major Northern Hemisphere glaciations (~3 Ma) when pCO2 values declined below pre-industrial (~280 p.p.m.v.) values, (2) the mid-Pleistocene transition when dominant obliquity-paced glacial cycles culminated into a ~100-kyr rhythm, (3) the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheets from the Oligocene to the mid-Miocene (~25-12 Ma) when background pCO2 values were still well above pre-industrial values, and (4) the warmest period of the Cenozoic (~55-50 Ma), when pCO2 reached values of more than four times the present-day (~385 p.p.m.v.) value. The Vici program involves scientists (including two postdoctoral fellows) at Utrecht University, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), and various European and US research groups.

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Further details
For further details contact Dr. Lucas Lourens at [email protected].

You may also wish to visit the Faculty website of Geosciences.

How to apply: Applications, including a motivation for the position, a statement of your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact addresses of two referees (with e-mail contact addresses), should be sent to:

Faculty of Geosciences, Personnel Department
P.O. Box 80.115
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands

or submitted by e-mail to: [email protected].

Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but we prefer to receive your application before September 30, 2010. We seek to appoint before November 1, 2010.

Please, mention where you originally saw our advertisement and quote the vacancy number 72185 and the project of your interest in all communications.

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