I’d like to make the community aware of a Swedish Research Council supported PhD position in Physical Geography on the “Paleoglaciology and paleoclimate history of Central Asia bordered by the Kunlun Shan, Tian shan and Altai Mountains” within the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology at Stockholm University.
Final date for applications: February 10, 2012.
Envisioned starting date: March 1, 2012 (negotiable).
The announcement can be viewed on the Stockholm University homepage: http://people.su.se/~rojac/vacations/463_6_12_Central_Asia_eng.pdf.
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY hereby announces a PhD
position/utbildningsbidrag in Physical Geography
Within the topic: Paleoglaciology and paleoclimate history of Central Asia bordered by
the Kunlun Shan, Tian Shan and Altai Mountains (463-6-12) at the Department of
Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University.
Final date for applications: February 10, 2012
The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology is one of the major
departments within the Faculty of Science at StockholmUniversity. The department has
approximately 120 employees and educates approximately 1500 students annually. The main
research areas are “Climate, environment and landscape”, “Landscape analysis and
geomatics”, “Glacier and polar environments” and “Land and water resources”. Education is
oriented towards geography, biology-earth sciences, geosciences and environmental
Project description: We seek to recruit a candidate who will participate in a Swedish
Research Council-funded project which investigates former glacial conditions in an area of
Central Asia that includes the Altai, Tian Shan and Kunlun ranges. Supervision in this
international project is provided as collaboration between researchers from the departments of
Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University (www.ink.su.se), and
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University (http://www.eas.purdue.edu/). The
successful candidate will first produce geomorphologic maps which will be the basis for
glacial reconstructions. Fieldwork will be performed summers 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Central
Asia with colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Germany and USA, and will include
sampling glacial landforms for cosmogenic, luminescence, and electron spin resonance dating.
The student is expected to participate in laboratory work for all three dating methods. The
geomorphological and chronological data will form the core of the palaeoglaciological
reconstructions and glacial modeling will be used to refine palaeoclimate inferences.
As part of education at StockholmUniversity, and to take full advantage of the international
team approach, the successful candidate will have the option to complete another Master of
Science degree at Purdue University under the guidance of Prof. Jon Harbor. The expected
educational structure will be as follows: One semester at Stockholm University (AprilDecember 2012), including coursework. Up to two years at Purdue University (2013 and
2014), completing coursework, cosmogenic nuclide laboratory work, and research for a
Master of Science degree. Finally, up to two years (2015-2016) for completion of PhD
dissertation work at StockholmUniversity, with an expected date of PhD thesis defence during
the fall of 2016. All degrees will involve publication of research results in internationally
respected journals, and, if studies at Purdue University are pursued towards a Masters’ degree,
the PhD dissertation will build upon work completed for this degree.
Arjen P. Stroeven
Professor, Head of Department
Department of Physical Geography & Quaternary Geology
S-106 91 Stockholm, SWEDEN
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