Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Geology has a long and successful history of research with an international reputation throughout the entire geological field and offers nationally leading undergraduate programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. About 40 researchers/teachers and 20 research students are active at the department, which consists of two sub-departments: Quaternary Sciences, and Lithosphere and Biosphere Sciences.

It is widely recognized that the emergence and expansion of silica biomineralization in the oceans has affected evolutionary competition for dissolved Si (DSi). This resulted in changes in the global biogeochemical cycles of silica, carbon and other nutrients that regulate ocean productivity and ultimately climate. Today, low DSi reflects its efficient uptake by pelagic silicifiers, principally diatoms. However, little is known about how shifting DSi concentrations from biological uptake have changed in the oceans during the last billion years of Earth’s history. In addition, the inputs of DSi, especially from weathering and tectonic processes, has varied over time. The major goal of the overall project is to investigate the interactions between biosilicification in organisms and the environment and how these interactions have evolved through Earth’s history.

See Conley et al. 2017, Frontiers in Marine Science (https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00397).

JOBASSIGNMENT
The PhD study is part of a larger interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with scientists from Jarone Pinhassi’s research group at the Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Microbial model Systems (EEMiS) at Linnaeus University providing expertise in ecology, evolution, and microbiology.

The research will utilize stable isotope measurements of biosilicification in fossil material from deep time together with supporting geochemical and geological proxies. The geochemical data will be interpreted in the framework of depositional and diagenetic timing of Si precipitation provided by geological observations to explore the changes in environmental and oceanic DSi concentrations through time.

DESIRABLE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • The candidate should hold a MSc in the geosciences, including Geology, Biogeochemistry, Oceanography or another closely related field.
  • The candidate should have practical experience working in a laboratory.
  • Familiarity with the measurement of stable isotopes using mass spectrometry would be an assest.
  • The candidate should have the ability to work at other locations (weeks to months) including the University of Bristol, UK and the Natural History Museum, Stockholm for the measurement of stable isotopes.
  • The candidate should be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • In addition, the candidate should have good communication skills and the ability to work in a research group (team work), but also independently.


Eligibility
Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2019-03-05 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/4299
Contact
  • Daniel Conley, Professor, +462220449, daniel.conley@geol.lu.se
  • Vendela Breeze, HR administrator, +462223085, vendela.breeze@cgbkansli.lu.se
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 13.Dec.2018
Last application date 15.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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