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Postdoctoral Position in Quaternary and Glacial Geology Institute of Earth Sciences - HI14060016

Institute of Earth Sciences (IES), University of Iceland seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral research position who have received their Ph.D. within the last five years and who have experience designing and carrying out research in Quaternary geology / glacial geology / paleoclimatology.

Experience in research aimed at linkages between ocean/atmosphere circulation and glacier mass in the past, the present and/or the future is preferred. Evaluation of applications will be based on the research plan proposed, quality and scientific validity of previous research, as well as the initiatives and publishing activity of the applicant. The successful candidate should contribute to the strengths of the Institute of Earth Sciences.

The position is funded for two years, with an expected start date of November 1st, 2014.

Application deadline is August 18th 2014. Applications should be sent to: starfsumsoknir@hi.is marked: HI14060016.

Application shall include: i) A cover letter, where candidates explain their motivation for the position and plans for research, ii) a curriculum vitae, iii) degree certificates, iv) names and contact details of three referees.

All applications will be acknowledged and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been taken.

For further information contact Freysteinn Sigmundsson tel: (+354) 893-4607, email: fs@hi.is

Salary for the position of a postdoctoral fellow will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the relevant union and the Minister of Finance.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

Iceland is situated at the boundary of air and water masses of tropical and Arctic origin. Therefore, it has been more strongly impacted by subtle changes in the ocean/atmospheric circulation than other North Atlantic landmasses. Consequently, the physical environment in Iceland is an important laboratory for understanding glacial, atmospheric and oceanographic processes. As such, it is essential for identifying and understanding past climate variability, whose nature and forcing is vital for assessment of future climate evolution. Glaciers in Iceland are dynamically active and respond quickly to climatic fluctuations. They have also shaped the land and the adjacent sea-floor both by erosion and deposition. The Tertiary and Quaternary history of glaciation, vegetation and fauna is archived in volcanic and sedimentary rock sequences and high-resolution marine, terrestrial and limnic sediments. Explosive volcanism in Iceland has produced widespread tephra markers in the North Atlantic region, which offer reliable dating and correlation between environmental archives. 

At the Institute of Earth Sciences a special emphasis is on studies on environmental and climate variability during the Quaternary, their causes and consequences. It is expected that the successful applicant will take part in these already established initiatives in collaboration with existing staff.

The University of Iceland was established in 1911. The University is structured into five schools, and 25 faculties. The Institute of Earth Sciences (http://www.earthice.hi.is) is a part of the Science Institute that belongs to the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Around 300 highly qualified employees work at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. The School offers various and ambitious educational systems in the field of Engineering and Natural Sciences and cutting edge research. The work environment is international and the ratio of international students and employees is constantly increasing. The School of Engineering and Natural Sciences is organized into six faculties, with dynamic collaboration between the faculties.

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