Job Opportunities – 02.12.15

Postdoc (ocean circulation variability, Holocene), University of Bordeaux, France. Open until filled. More info:

PhD (range of palaeo projects), Loughborough University, UK. Deadline: 25.01.16. More info:

PhD (palaeoceanography), University of Toronto, Canada. Deadline: 17.01.16. More info:

MSc/PhD (palaeoecology), University of Victoria, Canada. More info:

Graduate positions, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Canada. Funding available. More info:


PhD ( palaeoceanography) – University of Toronto, Canada

A funded PhD studentship is available on:
 Plio-Pleistocene dinoflagellate cysts and paleoceanography of the northern and western Pacific
in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada
Application deadline: January 17, 2016.
Description of PhD project:
The northern Pacific appears to have supplied moisture to North America 2.74 million years ago, causing the growth of major ice sheets and transforming our planet into an “icehouse” world just prior to the start of the Quaternary.  Several interlinked projects are available utilizing deep-sea cores along a transect from the Bering Sea to the South China Sea.  These projects aim to elucidate the Pacific Ocean’s role in, and response to, climate evolution during the Neogene-Quaternary transition. Research specifically addresses ice sheet expansion 2.7-2.5 Ma, and examines changes in the associated surface currents of the northern and western Pacific. It also explores teleconnections between high northern-latitude ice sheets and the East Asian winter monsoon system, as reflected in sediments of the marginal Sea of Japan and South China Sea. The research primarily uses dinoflagellate cysts but integrated where possible with foraminiferal geochemistry and alkenone paleothermometry.
The research program is under the supervision of Prof. Martin J. Head, and some projects are in collaboration with Dr Stijn De Schepper (Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway), and Dr Jeroen Groeneveld (University of Bremen, Germany).  The studentship is scheduled to begin September, 2016.
How to apply:
The on-line application for admission is at:
Note that the completed online application and ALL supporting documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, results of language proficiency tests, etc.) must be received by the deadline of January 17, 2016.
Do check the on-line application for admission NOW to determine how much time is needed to assemble all the necessary documentation, and arrange if necessary for a language proficiency test.  Please contact Prof. Martin J. Head ( for details of the projects available, and Ms Lynn Slotkin ( for any questions regarding the application procedure.


Msc/PhD (palaeoecology) – University of Victoria, Canada

MSc/PhD Opportunity in Palaeoecology and Long-term Environmental Change at the University of Victoria, Canada

Looking for graduate students (MSc or PhD) to join the palaeoecology lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria (, starting May or September 2016. Research in the lab typically focuses on the development and dynamics of forest communities since the last glaciation and the climatic and non-climatic factors that drive vegetation dynamics on long timescales. Potential research areas include: long-term forest community dynamics including disturbance regimes; the past effects of tephra deposition on plant communities; and, the links between climate, vegetation and carbon accumulation in peatlands. PhD-level research combining palaeoecological techniques with molecular approaches (palaeogenetics) is also possible. Students are also encouraged to develop their own research projects related to past ecological change.

Guaranteed funding for research and salary is available. Ideal candidates will have a solid background in plant ecology, palynology, palaeoecology or a related discipline, and excellent academic standing. Interested students are encouraged to send a CV, unofficial university transcripts, and a brief statement of research interests to Terri Lacourse (

Information about graduate studies at the University of Victoria can be found at:

Job Opportunities

Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra. DL: 06.12.15. More info:

Deputy Director (Ecological Infrastructure), SANBI, Pretoria, RSA. DL: 20.11.15. More info:

Tenure-Track Position (Physical/Human Dimensions of Climate Change), University of Idaho. DL: 06.01.16. More info:

Assist Prof (Ecology of Environmental Change), Binghamton University, NY. DL: 01.12.15. More info:

Assist Prof (Climatology-Geohydrology), Binghamton University, NY. DL: 28.11.15. More info:

Assist Prof (Geodesy, Remote Sensing),University of Colorado Boulder, USA. DL: 01.12.15. More info:

Assist Prof (Geodesy, Remote Sensing),University of Colorado Boulder, USA. DL: 01.12.15. More info:

PhD & Postdoc (Diatom palaeoecology), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA. More info:

PhD (Philippines, palaeolimnology), University of Nottingham, UK. Application details:

PhD (palynology, neolithic environment), University of Innsbruck, Austria. DL: 15.12.15. More info:

PhDs available at the University of Cambridge in climate, past, present and future. See for more info


Workshops/Courses – 20.11.15

STEPPE Workshop: “Lake Tanganyika: A Miocene-Recent Source-to-Sink Laboratory in the African Tropics”, 13.12.15. San Francisco prior to AGU. Website:

Koobi Fora Field School (paleoanthropology training experience), Lake Turkana, Kenya . Fellowships available, apply from 16.11.15. More info:

Late Pleistocene Field School, Tanana Valley, Alaska. Run by Adelphi University. Self-funded. More info:

5th EAQUA workshop, 4-7.07.16, Mukono, Uganda. Abstract DL: 31.01.16. More info at:

Postdoc & PhD – Diatom Paleoecology and Biogeography

Postdoctoral and PhD Positions in Diatom Paleoecology and Biogeography are available in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA – both are part of large interdisciplinary projects:

1) PhD Position – Diatom Paleoecology and Yellowstone Lake Hydrothermal Systems

A position is available (August 2016) for a PhD student to participate in a NSF-funded interdisciplinary project to investigate hydrothermal systems in Yellowstone Lake across a range of temporal scales. The Nebraska PhD student, under the direction of Professor Sheri Fritz, will be involved in collection and diatom analysis of sediment cores that span the late-glacial and Holocene periods to evaluate the biotic response to past hydrothermal events. The student will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of collaborators, including colleagues investigating terrestrial ecosystems and geochemistry based on the cores, as well as individuals studying the contemporary hydrothermal systems in the lake and their sensitivity to tectonic, magmatic, and climatic variation ( Funding as a Research Assistant is available for 2 years. Interested candidates should submit a c.v. and letter of interest to Dr. Sheri Fritz (, as well as a formal application to the graduate college at UNL by January 15, 2016 for consideration. Applicants may have degrees in geology, biology, geography, or related natural science disciplines. Candidates must have prior experience in diatom analysis; students with a M.S. degree are preferred.

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has an active and diverse program in geosciences with strong research groups in paleoclimate, paleontology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, hydrology, and meteorology/climatology. For further information on the department and formal application procedures see the departmental web site

2) Postdoctoral Research Associate – Diatom Biogeography in Tropical South America

A postdoctoral research associate is sought to investigate the biogeography of diatoms in tropical South America. The individual will carry out diatom analyses of a large archive of samples from contemporary lakes across the continent to evaluate spatial patterns in a selected group(s) of taxa. The project can be tailored to suit the specific interests of the individual, and there is potential for augmenting the existing data set with new field collections. The position is part of a large NSF-funded project on the interaction of climate and geology in influencing patterns of biodiversity in tropical South America, and the individual will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of project scientists ( Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geology, biology, geography, or a related natural science discipline at the time of employment. Applicants must also have a strong background in diatom taxonomy and experience with GIS and/or spatial statistics. Funding, including salary and benefits, is available for up to 2 years. Starting date is negotiable, but review of applicants will begin 12/06/2015, and the position will remain open until filled. For further information on the position contact Dr. Sheri Fritz, Search Committee Chair, by email ( or phone (+1-402-472-6431). Information on the department is available at

To apply, go to Applicants must attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research experience and goals, and contact information for at least three references via the above website.