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Postdoctoral position available at Khalifa University, Dept. of Earth Sciences in Terrestrial Sedimentology and Geochemistry

Postdoctoral position available at Khalifa University, Dept. of Earth Sciences in Terrestrial Sedimentology and Geochemistry

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Khalifa University of Science and Technology

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) combines the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. Khalifa University endeavors to be a leader among research intensive universities of the 21st century, while catalyzing the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy.


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

1 May 2019

Job description

The Department of Earth Sciences at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi is seeking highly motivated applicants for a Postdoctoral position for the Project entitled Understanding the impact of Climate Change and Volcanism on Early Jurassic Flora and the continental Sedimentary Record, in the Southern Hemisphere.

Project Description:

This project explores Early Jurassic continental sediments and fossil plants from Argentina, Tasmania and South Africa to elucidate on environmental and ecological responses due to LIP activity. The primary project objectives are to examine the following:

1. Reconstruct carbon cycle perturbations during the Early Jurassic from bulk organic carbon isotopes and compound specific carbon isotopes in paleosols, palustrine and lacustrine sediments in geochronologically well constrained continental localities in the southern hemisphere
2. Evaluate how plants deposited in Early Jurassic sediment record/respond to volcanism in Gondwana from Chon Aike, Dufek, Ferrar and Karoo, through petrography, carbon isotopes and elemental analysis of coal and fossil plant samples.
3. Examine how intrusive in the Karoo province interact with the sediment they are intruding in to.
4. Determine how contact metamorphism may impact the terrestrial sediments it is intruding and contribute to biogeochemical cycle perturbation, either through carbon or another element degassing or weathering.
5. Explore the possible role of extrusive volcanism on the environment. Identify possible pollen mutagenesis, elemental or novel isotope evidence of the impact of extrusive volcanism if any on the environment in the Early Jurassic.
6. Explore the role of an intensified hydrological cycle, increased weathering and forest fires and greenhouse or icehouse climate resulting from intrusive or extrusive.
7. Reconstruct models of carbon perturbations in the Early-Middle Jurassic associated with volcanism, evaluating the source of carbon and the sink.

Starting date: 1st September 2019.

Duration: 3 years (fixed term) until 30th June 2022.

Candidate should have a PhD in Earth sciences, geosciences, geology or a related field. Candidates with appropriate experience in soil science, biology, environmental science or geography will also be considered.
Ability to undertake fieldwork in remote localities as part of an international team is a key component of the project.
Candidates will be expected to be highly motivated and able to work independently in a laboratory setting and to travel to work with external partners on the project. Candidates are expected to have previous experience working with stable isotope mass spectrometry specifically organic carbon isotopes on sediments and/or fossil plants. Experience of novel isotopes, geochronology, astrochronology, paleobotany and biomarkers will also be looked upon favorably.
Applicants should email Dr. Aisha Al Suwaidi ( for additional details.

How to apply

Please submit your application by 31st May 2019 using Khalifa University’s career site ( Use IRC38492 as position name/keywords.