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Job advertisement PhD Scholarship in Geochemistry / Earth Science / Climate

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European Geosciences Union

PhD Scholarship in Geochemistry / Earth Science / Climate

PhD Scholarship in Geochemistry / Earth Science / Climate

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University of Waikato

Tauranga, New Zealand


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)


Student / Graduate / Internship


Preferred education

Application deadline
30 September 2021

7 July 2021

Job description

The global carbon and silica cycles regulates climate on Earth. Yet we have a limited understanding of the feedbacks that lead to both stability and runaway climate Earth states. The end-Permian extinction—the only event in Earth’s history with similar-to-modern carbon release rates—offers a unique opportunity to investigate ecosystem-climate feedbacks. Records suggest the development of lethally hot temperatures and sluggish climate recovery during the end-Permian mass extinction event. The mechanisms responsible for, and relative timing of these perturbation remain, however, poorly understood. Reconstruction of climate-carbon cycling-extinction dynamics for the end-Permian may yield critical insights into not only the largest mass extinction in Earth’s history but also other episodes of rapid warming—past, present and future. As part of this project, the PhD student will execute a combination of field work in Svalbard, mineralogical and Li isotope analysis, and box modelling in collaboration with a well-rounded supervisory team. Work for this project will be carried out at Yale, Cambridge and the University of Waikato (Tauranga). This project will constitute only a portion of the student’s PhD thesis, there is room for the candidate to lead the way in shaping the remainder of the thesis.

Prior experience
Prior experience in any of the following fields: isotope (or other) geochemistry, geology, global biogeochemical cycling, box modelling, carbon cycling is highly valued.

How to apply

As part of your application package, kindly include:

CV (including 2-3 referee information)

Cover Letter (this can include: a description of why you want to undertake a PhD; how your previous experiences have prepared you for the research project that you are applying for; what your passions are within or outside of academia)

Kindly email your application to:
Applications will be accepted until 31st Sept 2021