Postdoc Position in Marine Palynology

Postdoc Position in Marine Palynology

Published Deadline Location
2 Jul 20 Aug Utrecht
Are you the problem-solver who helps us to reconstruct surface ocean change during prominent deglaciation phases in West-Antarctica? Come join our department!

Job description

The department of Earth Sciences is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a background in palynology, micropaleontology, organic geochemistry and/or oceanography. You will work on the project “Ice-ocean interactions in West Antarctica during rapid transitions in past warm climates”. In this position, you map out in detail the geographic distribution of dinoflagellate cyst species and organic geochemical biomarkers around West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Your job
You are expected to generate organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst assemblage data from surface sediment samples available at the British Antarctic Survey. In addition, the project involves the generation of organic geochemical biomarker data from the same surface sediment samples, both with the aim of improving their accuracy as proxy for surface oceanographic conditions. Alongside this, there are opportunities to generate sedimentological and inorganic geochemical data as well, which are indicative of both ocean and ice dynamics. Towards the end of the project, you will contribute to the application of the improved proxies to reconstruct surface ocean change during prominent deglaciation phases in West-Antarctica.

The position is part of a larger interdisciplinary project, that includes a PhD candidate that focuses on the paleoceanographic reconstructions during the Pleistocene and Pliocene, with whom you will closely collaborate. Both positions are funded by the Dutch National Science Foundation NWO in a special call of the Polar Programme in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. The positions are based in the Marine Palynology & Paleoceanography group at the Department of Earth Sciences in Utrecht, NL. Regular visits to the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK, are foreseen.

Specifications

Utrecht University

Requirements

We are looking for a candidate with commitment to overcome the challenges faced in working with complicated material from close to Antarctica. This project really seeks a problem-solver, someone who isn’t let down by the first disappointment. You demonstrate the capability to contribute yourself to the planning and organisation of your work as well as that of the PhD, with a keen interest in taking initiatives for the direction in which the projects develop.

You must have successfully completed a PhD programme in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biology, micropaleontology, palynology or a related discipline by the time the position starts. You have:
  • experience in palynology/micropaleontology, including microscope work (required);
  • experience in working in a laboratory (required);
  • evident passion for teamwork, and willingness to travel (also abroad);
  • adequate social/verbal/communication skills.

Preferably, you also have:
  • a strong interest in paleoclimate/paleoceanography;
  • experience in proxy development;
  • experience in (in)organic geochemistry.

Due to the international character of our research, good command of spoken and written English is essential. We highly encourage applicants from all members of our community and of diverse backgrounds to join us.

Conditions of employment

We offer:
  • a position initially for one year, with an extension to three years in total upon a successful assessment in the first year;
  • a working week of 38 hours and a gross monthly salary between €3,720 and €4,332 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 10.3-10.7 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU));
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

Employer

Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth’s core to its surface, including man’s spatial and material utilisation of the Earth – always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts a highly international tenured staff of over 50 scientists and more than 110 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. Our research programme spans four intertwined themes: Climate & Life, Earth interior, Earth materials, and Environmental Earth Sciences. We house or have access to a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

The Marine Palynology & Paleoceanography group focuses with four permanent staff members on paleoceanographic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions in the entire Phanerozoic, specifically by looking at organic microfossils, usually in close collaboration with additional disciplines in the department and abroad. There is a close link between this project and the paleoclimate research within the virtual Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (NESSC), which focuses on tipping points within the climate system, and its successor, the Earth System Feedback Research Centre, which will run at least until 2035. This brings together a large cohort of PhD candidates in a national highly interdisciplinary and strongly collaborative (paleo-)climate community.

The department and its facilities are located at Utrecht Science Park. Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of nearly 360,000 and forms a hub in the middle of the country. Its historical city centre and its modern central station can easily be reached from the Science Park by public transport or by a 15-minute bicycle ride. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water, as well as a broad variety of shops and boutiques.

Additional information

For more information, please contact Dr Peter K. Bijl at p.k.bijl@uu.nl, or Dr Francesca Sangiorgi at f.sangiorgi@uu.nl.

Candidates for this vacancy will be recruited by Utrecht University. Commercial response to this ad is not appreciated.

Note that international candidates that need a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. This will be arranged with help of the International Service Desk (ISD) of our university. Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but the ISD may be able to advise you therewith. Unfortunately, we must warn that it is a tight market at the moment. In case of general questions about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal.

Specifications

  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Natural sciences
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4039

Employer

Location

Princetonlaan 8a, 3584CB, Utrecht

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As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and the e-mail addresses of at least two referees via the 'apply now' button.

We aim for a quick selection procedure after the application deadline. We intend to interview candidates at the end of September 2024. The intended starting date is 1 November 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application procedure

Application procedure

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and the e-mail addresses of at least two referees via the 'apply now' button.

We aim for a quick selection procedure after the application deadline. We intend to interview candidates at the end of September 2024. The intended starting date is 1 November 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Make sure to apply no later than 20 Aug 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).