PhD position in Earth Sciences at University of New Brunswick

PhD position in Earth Sciences
Based at University of New Brunswick (UNB, Fredericton)
joint with Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)

Co-supervision: Prof. Audrey Limoges (UNB) and Prof. André Rochon (UQAR)

The rapid sea ice melting and associated changes in ocean conditions have important consequences for the functioning of marine Arctic ecosystems. As part of a large cross-disciplinary ArcticNet-funded study*, we invite applications for one full-time PhD position that will document the long-term evolution of sea-surface conditions and primary production in northern Baffin Bay in relation to the climate variability of the past 2000 years. This study will be based on the analysis of microfossils and geochemical proxies applied to a series of marine sediment cores collected in northern Baffin Bay and near the entrance to Jones Sound.

* The ArcticNet-funded research project entitled Mapping the Arctic Seafloor: innovation in data acquisition and processing for benthic habitat, seabed composition, geohazards, and climate variability brings together a dynamic team of geoscientists from Eastern Canada.

About the position:
We are seeking a motivated student who holds a Master degree in Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Biology or any other relevant domain. The candidate should be well-organized, qualified for the analysis of diatoms or dinoflagellate cysts, and have a background in geochemistry, statistics and quaternary research. The student should demonstrate good communication skills (oral and written), be proficient in English (knowledge of French is an asset) and be willing to travel to Rimouski (Quebec) for meetings and research internships.
Starting date: Fall 2019 or Winter 2020, at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

Financial support:
A salary of CAD$21k/year for three years that can be topped-up by teaching assistantship. The student will be encouraged to apply for national and provincial scholarships and grants.

UNB and UQAR are committed to provide a diverse, inclusive and supportive research and working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified students. We encourage women, Inuit, First Nations, members of visible or cultural minorities, LGBTQ and all who may contribute to further diversification of research approaches, ideas and group dynamics.

How to apply?

  • Applicants should send the following information to Dr. Limoges via email (Audrey.Limoges@unb.ca):
  • A short letter of motivation for applying and your research interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A copy of BSc and MSc transcripts
  • The name and contact information of three referees

Review of applications will start in June 2019, and will continue until a candidate has been found.

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