4-year PhD position in Quaternary landscape evolution of the European Alps

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 PhD student in Quaternary landscape evolution of the European Alps.

Job information:
Expected start date in position: 01.10.2020
Contract length: 1 year, renewable 1 x 3 years, maximum 4 years
Activity rate: 100%
Workplace: Lausanne Mouline (Géopolis)

Your responsabilities:
The impact of climate on mountain denudation is highly contested because it remains callenging to resolve changes in erosion rates over the timescale of glacial-interglacial cycles i.e. 103-6 years.

This PhD position will apply recently developed techniques based on Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) and Luminescence dating to selected sites in the European Alps, to better constrain the timing and processes of glacial valley formation.

This position is part of the 5-year European Research Council funded project ICED – Impact of Climate on Mountain Denudation and will involve close collaboration with other group members focussed on the development of the ESR method and numerical models for the technique’s application in geomorphological research.

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 Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the University of Lausanne offers both state-of-the-art ESR/luminescence dating and super-computing facilities including the Swiss Geocomputing Centre.

100% of the engagement will be dedicated to research on the application of ESR/lumenescence thermochronometry to the European Alps.

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

  • MSc degree in geography / geology / earth sciences / physics or engineering
  • Experience of ESR/luminescence dating and/or numerical modelling
  • Candidates must be numerate
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French is not necessary, but would be advantageous
  • Interest in developing new analytical approaches

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
– 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.

UNIL supports early career researchers.