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Job advertisement Fully funded 4-year PhD position on coral geochemistry around volcanic islands (UniGe)

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Fully funded 4-year PhD position on coral geochemistry around volcanic islands (UniGe)

Fully funded 4-year PhD position on coral geochemistry around volcanic islands (UniGe)

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University of Geneva - Department of Earth Sciences




Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Natural Hazards (NH)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
1 March 2021

12 January 2021

Job description

We invite applications for an experimental PhD on the interaction between volcanic ash and corals. The student will perform precipitation experiments at the University of Geneva, and biogenic experiments with live corals in collaboration with the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (Dr. Christine Ferrier-Pagès & Dr. Stéphanie Reynaud). The project will aim to understand the mechanisms by which volcanic geochemistry can be incorporated into the skeleton of a coral. Consequently, there will be a large analytical component (e.g., SIMS, LA-ICP-MS), which will involve assessing micro-scale geochemical variability. There will also be the opportunity to perform fieldwork with other members of the research group.

The successful candidate will become part of the GEOVOLCO research group, which is funded by an SNSF grant investigating the geochemical imprint of volcanism in corals. In addition to this advertised position, there will also be a second PhD student and a Postdoc joining the group. The applicant will become a member of a thriving multi-disciplinary Earth Science department, with particular expertise in volcanology and coral paleoclimate records. The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Tom Sheldrake & Dr. Elias Samankassou.

This position will begin on 1st September 2021, for a total duration of 4 years.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, self-reliant and creative individual, with demonstrated ability to carry out scientific research and disseminate the results. They will hold an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in earth sciences, biogeosciences, or a similar field. They will have a keen interest in laboratory work and possess strong numerical skills.

Applications should include a one-page cover letter, a CV, university transcripts (both B.Sc. and M.Sc.) and the name and contact information of at least two referees. Please combine the application into a single pdf file.

The deadline for applications is 1st March 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to interview remotely. Application files for the position should be directed via email to Prof. Tom Sheldrake ( If you have any questions or queries you are welcome to send an email too.