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PhD position Climate, sea-level and landscape changes during Marine Isotope Stage 5 in the southern North Sea basin (1.0 FTE)

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    Utrecht University
    Cultural studies
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    04/05/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Utrecht

As part of a joint project, the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University and TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands seek a highly motivated, high-potential applicant for a PhD position to work within a research project funded by the Geological Survey: "Climate, sea-level and landscape changes during Marine Isotope Stage 5 in the southern North Sea basin".

The project will focus on the Eemian - Weichselian Early Glacial period, correlating to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5, which is an important geological analogue for current environmental change. Onset and termination of this interval are of particular interest as landscape and sea level, driven by climate, have changed rapidly. MIS 5 has been studied intensively in onshore setting of the North Sea basin, but offshore conditions are much less known. This project aims to make a spatially coherent analysis of climate, landscape and sea level changes during the onset and termination of MIS 5 offshore the Netherlands. The candidate, part of a multidisciplinary team, will use micropalaeontology (palynology, diatoms), dating and 3D mapping techniques to produce an integrated reconstruction.

The advisory team is highly interdisciplinary and includes project leaders Dr Timme Donders (Supervisor, UU) and Dr Freek Busschers (Supervisor, TNO), Dr Sytze van Heteren (Supervisor, TNO) and Prof Friederike Wagner-Cremer (promotor, UU). The research will be performed at the Department of Physical Geography (UU) and the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO).

Up to 10% of the candidate's time will be dedicated to assisting in the BSc and MSc teaching programmes of the Graduate School of Geosciences. A personalized training programme will be set up, mutually agreed on recruitment, to strengthen the candidate's research profile, adding skills and filling knowledge gaps. It will supplement and support the project related research and help achieve long-term career objectives.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for the duration of four years. The gross salary ranges between €2,325 in the first year and €2,972 in year 4 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Selection process

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.
We are looking forward to:

  • your letter of application which describes your motivation and qualifications;
  • your one-page document stating how your expertise and innovative ideas contribute to the project;
  • your curriculum vitae including any publications you may have contributed to;
  • the names and contact information of two referees.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Additional comments

For more information about this position, please contact: Dr Timme Donders, via t.h.donders@uu.nl. Interviews will take place in May 2020, either in person or via online meeting (e.g. Skype).

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We seek a highly motivated PhD candidate with affinity for palaeoecology and sedimentary systems. Your drive is to study past environmental dynamics by means of palaeo-environmental and sedimentary reconstructions to understand long-term processes in climate, sea level and landscape development.

The ideal candidate has:

  • a MSc degree in Quaternary Geology, Physical Geography, Palaeoecology, Paleobiology, or a closely related discipline;
  • a strong motivation to do independent PhD research;
  • significant experience in one or more of the following research fields: sedimentary systems, subsurface mapping, palynology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, (bio)chemistry, biology;
  • preferably experience in the use of (geo)statistical analyses and programming language;
  • a keen interest in 3D mapping;
  • proficiency in Dutch - needed to understand and work with the Survey’s subsurface database - and English;
  • demonstrable scientific writing, project planning and oral communication potential;
  • an enthusiastic mindset as a team player.

We encourage you to apply and are looking forward to meeting you!

TNO sponsors PhD research because we consider it an excellent preparation for a career with TNO. A certificate of conduct (verklaring omtrent gedrag) is a prerequisite for working at TNO in this position.

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Utrecht University
3512 JE
Domplein 29

EURAXESS offer ID: 511129
Posting organisation offer ID: 291057


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