Opportunities

Postdoctoral position in limnogeology

We have an open position for a postdoctoral research associate to join the PetroLab team starting in the fall of 2020 to carry out a research project in limnogeology. Two optional studies are suggested:

“Reconstructing the environmental conditions in the Levantine corridor during the hominids migration Out of Africa”

The projects include utilizing a set of modern analytical techniques on exceptionally well preserved lake archives, aiming to reconstruct Early Pleistocene-Pliocene climate and environmental variability. The project will be carried out at the Basin Analysis and Petrophysical Laboratory at the Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa.

Important details: Candidates may be no longer than 4 years after attaining their PhD at the time of application (not including maternity leave). Deadline for applications is January 2020. The application should be submitted via the Israeli host. The fellowship is 52.000 USD per year (+8.000 USD for research and travel expenses) for 2 years, with high chances of renewal for another year. For more details on the application process please refer to the following link.

Please send your application files (complete CV, transcripts, and letter of interest) by e-mail to Dr. Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il). Don't hesitate to contact me for further information.

MSc student position: sub-bottom profiler data interpretation of Sumatran lake sediments

Within the framework of a collaboration between the Asian School of the Environment (ASE), Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and the Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa (UH), we are searching for a graduate student to work on the interpretation of Sub-Bottom Profiler (SBP) data collected from lakes in Sumatra (Indonesia). The student would enroll in the International MSc program at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences (University of Haifa, Israel) for a duration of 2 years, under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Waldmann and Dr. Yizhaq Makovsky. During selected term breaks the student will visit the ASE in Singapore to work with Dr. Caroline Bouvet de la Maisonneuve who will provide geological context and information from sediment cores for the interpretation of the data. Commencement date would be in October 2019.

International MSc Program: http://marsci.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/m-sc-heading/intprog-geo

Project description:

As part of a joint ASE-UNP (Indonesia) effort, a geophysical survey of lakes Maninjau, Diatas and Kerinci in West Sumatra and Jambi using a Sub-Bottom Profiler was conducted in April-May 2018. Lake sediments are fantastic archives of geological processes (floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes) and environmental change (climate change and change in land use). Volcanic ash can travel far and forms well-preserved tephra layers in quiet, low-energy sedimentary environments such as lakes. Long term hydrological variations are also recorded with changes in sedimentology, geochemistry and biological proxies. The thickness and distribution of lake sediments can be inferred from acoustic imaging such as with a CHIRP or sub-bottom profiler (SBP). Analysing this data can thus inform about a lake’s potential as an environmental archive as well as highlight major events (e.g. landslides, tectonic faulting) that are recorded in the lake sediments. The processing and analysis of SBP data is fundamental to complement the analysis of lake cores.

The goal of this project is to Interpret the SBP data in order to provide (1) a framework for the selection of lake coring sites, (2) a context for the analysis of lake sediments, (3) knowledge about the occurrence of natural hazards such as landslides, earthquakes and faulting in the region, (4) potentially inform about paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental change.

MSc position in marine geology: utilizing Pliocene records for regional paleoenvironmental reconstruction and sedimentary processes in the Levant

We have an open position for a MSc to join PetroLab team to carry out a research study on:

“Understanding changing sedimentary patterns in the Levant Basin in light of oceanographic variability during the Pliocene"

The project includes utilizing a set of modern analytical techniques on exceptionally well preserved marine archives, aiming to reconstruct sedimentary processes in light of oceanographic changes during the Holocene. The project will be carried out at the Basin Analysis and Petrophysical Laboratory at the Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa. Fieldwork component will be an important part of research and will include utilization of modern analytical methods.

Important details: A Diploma degree in geosciences (or equivalent) at the start of the project (March 1st 2020 or soon thereafter) is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interests, ability to conduct this multi-approach MSc project as a team member and should have good communication skills in English.

Please send your application files (complete CV, transcripts and letter of interest) by e-mail to Dr. Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il).

PhD position in Marine Geology: Paleoceanography of the central Mediterranean in light of North African climate variability during the Miocene

Applications are invited for a PhD position to participate in the joint research program of the universities of Malta, Texas A&M and Haifa, for the aim of studying :

“North African Miocene climate and weather pattern reconstructions”

In this research program, we aim to understand how polar ice expansion may have impacted evolution of the African drainage network in the Miocene and how these changes affected the supply of nutrients to the central Mediterranean region. For these purposes, a set of cutting-edge advanced technologies and sedimentological analytical methods will be used, coupled with fieldwork in Malta. Those include geochemistry, biostratigraphy, inorganic and organic carbon content, mineralogy, quantitative micropaleontology and palynology. The PhD student will be based in Haifa, with an expected year of stay at Texas A&M and fieldwork in Malta. The project is a trilateral cooperation between Texas A&M, University of Haifa and University of Malta.

A Master or Diploma degree in geosciences at the start of the project (March 1st 2020 or soon thereafter) is required. Successful candidates are expected to show broad earth-science interests, ability to conduct this multi-approach PhD project with an international team and should have excellent English communication and writing skills.

For further information, please contact Dr. Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il; Tel: +972-4-8288790) and Dr. Denise Kulhanek (kulhanek@iodp.tamu.edu; Tel: +1-979-845-2024).

Please send your application files (complete CV, letter of interest and two support letters) by e-mail to Nicolas Waldmann (nwaldmann@univ.haifa.ac.il). Applications are being considered until the position is filled.