[GilbertClub] PhD position: Erosion, deposition & deformation in Kyrgyzstan (Potsdam & Wollongong)


Interactions between erosion, deposition and
deformation in the Issyk Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan


are seeking a highly motivated individual for a doctoral project focussing on
changes in Late Cenozoic erosion rates in an intermontane basin. The study area
is the Issyk Kul basin, which hosts a large, presently internally-drained lake
in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan, in the heart of Central Asia.



research project aims to quantify changes in erosion rates over time, the
evolution of the lake basin over the million-year time scale, and examine
interactions between the forces responsible for erosion, deposition, and the
migration of deformation within the basin. To this end, the goals of the
project include:


·     Determining
depositional ages, paleo-erosion and sediment accumulation rates using
cosmogenic nuclides on samples collected from stratigraphic sections.

·     Reconstructing
paleo-precipitation and -vegetation patterns using stable isotopic analyses
from these stratigraphic sequences.

·     Compiling existing well
logs from the basin to quantify basin subsidence as a proxy for the tectonic
record of the region.


Location and funding:

The PhD position is hosted by the Institut für Erd- und
Umweltwissenschaften at Universität Potsdam in Germany (http://ift.tt/1Qnf7Pg), and the
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at the University of
Wollongong in Australia (smah.uow.edu.au/sees) via
funding from a German Research Foundation (DFG) Grant and a UOW Matching
Scholarship, under the supervision of Prof. Edward Sobel and Dr. Alexandru T.
Codilean. Both institutions are highly ranked globally and offer a dynamic and
stimulating research environment with all laboratory and analytical facilities
necessary for the success of the research project in place.


PhD project has salary support for a total of 4 – 4.5 years, and will culminate
with a cotutelle degree from 2 universities. The candidate will predominantly
be based at Universität Potsdam and is expected to also spend 1 – 1.5 years at the
University of Wollongong. The candidate is also expected to participate in
fieldwork in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan. The German PhD salary corresponds to a
part-time (67%) appointment, with fixed-term employment contracts for 3 years.
Contracts are limited according to the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law
(WissZeitVG). The salary scale is TV-L E13. For the 1 – 1.5 years while working
in Australia, the candidate will be provided with a salary equivalent to the standard
Australian Postgraduate Award stipend: AU$26,288 tax-free, per annum. Funding
is available for fieldwork, analyses, and attendance at international and
national conferences during the course of the PhD.



Applicants must have a BSc (Hons) or MSc, or equivalent qualifications
in the Earth sciences. We prefer candidates with demonstrated proficiency and
experience in clastic sedimentology / stratigraphy and who are comfortable with
undertaking fieldwork in remote areas. Knowledge of quantitative geomorphology
in Quaternary studies and application of cosmogenic radionuclides in the Earth
sciences, and strong numerical skills would be a distinct advantage. Strong
English language skills are a prerequisite; German and/or Russian language skills
would be useful. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case
of equal suitability. Both institutions strive to increase the proportion of
women in research and specifically encourage females to apply for these
positions. International students are encouraged to apply.



Your application will include a cover letter including a brief
description of your research interests, a CV including publication list (if
applicable), a record of academic degrees, including a transcript of records,
and contact details for 2 referees. All documents should be combined into one
PDF file and sent by email to both Prof. Edward Sobel (edsobel@gmail.com) and Dr.
Alexandru T. Codilean (codilean@uow.edu.au). The
deadline for applications is April 9th, 2016. Questions from
potential candidates are welcome at the above email addresses.

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