Large igneous provinces (LIPs) are coincident with environmental disturbances throughout the geological record, suggesting a possible causal relationship. Establishing this association is difficult due to the complexity of the Earth system and the uncertainties of the relative and absolute geochronology of events. Recent advances in geochemistry, high precision radioisotopic dating, and numerous paleoclimate proxies allow causality to be rigorously tested for the first time.
This position will focus on a key interval in Earth history – the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) – to assess the contribution of volcanic activity from the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP) to the observed climatic disturbances. The position will join a team of scientists working on the IODP expedition 396 to collect and analyse sediments and volcanic ash layers of Paleogene age from the Norwegian continental margin. This work will be an integral part of the active and vibrant Earth Crises team at CEED.
The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit aprofessional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
- Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in the fields of volcanology and/or paleoclimatology. Documented research experience with the PETM is required.Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
A knowledge of the stratigraphy of the Paleogene sediments, including volcanic ash layers, of the North Sea and the Norwegian continental margin is highly desirable.
Find out more information and how to apply here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/198501/postdoctoral-research-fellow-in-the-paleocene-eocene-thermal-maximum