2-years post-doctoral position in numerical modelling of erosion rate changes

The University of Lausanne is a leading international teaching and research institution, with over 5,000 employees and 15,500 students split between its Dorigny campus, CHUV and Epalinges. As an employer, UNIL encourages excellence, individual recognition and responsibility. The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment is looking for a Post-doctoral candidate in numerical modelling of erosion rate changes.

Job information:
Expected start date in position: 01.10.2020
Contract length: 2 years
Activity rate: 100%
Workplace: Lausanne Mouline (Géopolis)

Your responsabilities:
This position focuses on numerical modelling of Quaternary erosion rate changes in the European Alps and is part of the 5-year European Research Council funded project ICED – Impact of Climate on Mountain Denudation.
The impact of climate on mountain denudation remains contested because it is challenging to resolve changes in erosion rates over the timescale of glacial-interglacial cycles i.e. 103-6 years. Combining trapped-charge thermochronometry data together with conventional thermochronometric ages and 10Be denudation rates may allow this temporal gap to be spanned. However, these different techniques integrate erosion rates over different timesclaes, making the combination of data challenging. The objective of this post-doctoral position is to refine existing numerical models and to develop new models that allow the integration of these data. The ultimate objective is to determine Quaternary erosion rate changes in the European Alps.

The successful candidate will join the ICE group in the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics which specialises in pairing empirical data with numerical modelling for understanding landscape evolution in a range of different environmental settings.
The University of Lausanne offers state-of-the-art super-computing facilities including the Swiss Geocomputing Centre.

100% of the engagement will be dedicated to research on developing numerical models for determining erosion rate change.

Your qualifications:
In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with the following skills :

  • Doctoral degreee in geography/geology/earth science, physics/chemistry or mathematics or engineering
  • Expertise in the development and application of numerical modelling
  • Experience of inverting thermochronometric data and/or modelling of trapped-charge dating systems would be advantageous but is not essential
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French is not necessary, but would be advantageous

What the position offers you:
We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Your application:
Please, send your full application before 20th May 2020 with:
– Motivation letter
– Curriculum Vitae
– Research statement
– Copy of University degree certificates and transcripts of marks awarded in Word or PDF
– Contact information for two professional references

Only applications through this website will be taken into account.

Contact for further information:
Mrs. Prof. Georgina King (georgina.king@unil.ch)

Additional information:
UNIL is committed to equal opportunities and diversity.

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