Fully funded 4-year PhD position at the University of Geneva - The transport of volcanic tephra in tropical regions and its geochemical imprint on coral skeletons
University of Geneva - Department of Earth Sciences
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Natural Hazards (NH)
Applications are invited for a field-based PhD on the interaction between volcanic ash and corals. The student will analyse coral skeletons from reefs in proximity to active volcanoes, to identify the geochemical imprint of eruptive activity. The aim of the project will be to understand how the eruptive dynamics and transport of volcanic tephra affects the geochemical record within coral skeletons. The student will perform a number of field campaigns and will utilise a range of analytical methods to assess geochemical variability at a range of spatial scales.
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.
This position will begin on 1st January 2022, 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 or a similar field. They will have a keen interest in fieldwork, analytical techniques, and possess strong numerical data analysis 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 26th April 2021. Selected candidates will be invited to interview remotely. Application files for the position should be directed via email to Prof. Tom Sheldrake (email@example.com). If you have any questions or queries you are welcome to send an email too.