Doctoral student in Natural Geography Uppsala University, Department of Geosciences Sweden

Doctoral student in Natural Geography: Age and Source of Late Quarantine European Loess Deposits with Specialization in Source Location and Coal-14 Dating

Sort by publication: 2018-01-25


Uppsala University is a broad research university with a strong international position. The task is to conduct research and education of the highest quality and to cooperate in different ways with society. Our most important asset is all the individuals who, with their curiosity and commitment, make Uppsala University one of the country's most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of 6.5 billion.


The Department of Geosciences at Uppsala University is Sweden's largest and widest, with approximately 200 employees. Our research extends from the core of the Earth to the atmosphere, from microscopic minerals and fossils to how mountains and oceans form, from the time of the birth of the earth to today. We chart the development of earth and life for several billion years and study the relationship between the atmosphere and the garden with regard to climate change and sustainable development. For more information see:


Project Description : Windburied dust, or loess, covers 10% of the surface of the world's continents. Their age determination and source provide a crucial insight into the former activity of the dust, a fundamental but badly known part of the global climate system. Very little is known about the rapid, millennial-scale variation in dust history and how loess deposits can be linked to rapid climate change. In addition, the sources of many loess deposits are poorly limited and it is unknown if the rates of depositions can be linked to changes in its source.


The PhD candidate is part of a project funded by the Swedish Research Council, aiming to address this issue through detailed multi-proxy source analyzes and coal-14 dating of late Quarry Loess depots in Eastern Europe and Russia. The doctoral student will be able to use several different methods of source localization, which includes U-Pb analysis on single grain of minerals, tracer analysis and U-Pb in rutile (titanium oxide), XRF on bulk samples, and performance of carbon-14 dating on shells and charcoal, to reconstruct ages of loess deposition rates. The doctoral student will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for geochemical analysis and coal-14 dating at Uppsala University and cooperation institutions. A key part of the PhD student's appointment is trips to external laboratories, as well as field work in Eastern Europe and Russia. The holder of a PhD student will primarily devote his time to his own research studies. Other department-related work, such as teaching or administrative duties, may be part of the employment (max 20%).


Qualification requirements: The applicant must have a university degree in geoscience, physical geography or the like. The successful candidate must also have a solid background within one or more of the following research areas: quaternary geology, loess, geochronology, geochemistry and paleoclimatology. Knowledge of carbon-14 dating and source-location studies is an advantage, and basic laboratory and computer skills are essential. The applicant must be eligible for doctoral studies. Priority is given to the applicant who is considered to have the greatest opportunity to successfully carry out his research education. Guidelines at Uppsala University determine salary levels.


Application: You as a candidate must include a resume, certified copies of diploma and university certificate certificate, and a personal letter describing yourself and your relevant experience (max two pages). You as an applicant should also include a summary of your master thesis and any publications, as well as contact information, or letters, from two references.


Provisions for doctoral students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance 5 ch §§1-7 and in the university's rules and guidelines:


Uppsala University values the qualities that even gender distribution and diversity add to the business. We therefore look forward to searching for all sexes and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.


Salary : According to local agreement (Local collective agreement for doctoral students and students).


Access: 2018-07-01 or by appointment. Time-limited employment four years.


Extent of employment: 100%


Information about the employment is provided by Thomas Stevens, tel. + 46-18 471 1788, email Please also see the following scientific publications:


Újvári, G., Stevens, T., et al., 2017. Coupled European and Greenland last glacial dust activity driven by North Atlantic climate. PNAS
Nie, J., Stevens, T., et al., 2015. Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau derived Yellow River sediment. Nature Communications 6, 8511.
Welcome to your application no later than March 9, 2018 , UFV-PA 2018/279 .


We take away recruitment and advertising offers. We only accept the application as described in the advertisement.


Location: Uppsala University, Department of Geosciences


Type of employment: Full-time, fixed-term employment longer than 6 months


Salary: Fixed salary


Number of vacancies: 1


Employment rate: 100%


Location: Uppsala


County: Uppsala County


Country: Sweden


Trade Representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO / ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco Council 018-471 1485
Reference number : UFV-PA 2018/279


Deadline for application: 2018-03-09

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Physicaloxy


All Jobs






Uni Anu

Uni Copenhagen

Uni Gothenburg

Uni Kuwait

Uni Laval

Uni Nus Singapore

Uni Seoul

Uni Simon Fraser

Uni Tcd

Uni Tokio

Uni Unsw