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PhD Marine PalynologyPaleoceanography and Paleoclimatology MMCO (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a PhD Marine PalynologyPaleoceanography and Paleoclimatology MMCO. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

8 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand


The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University is currently seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on the research project.

Early-Middle Miocene Climate Sensitivity and Polar Amplification: a high-resolution multi-proxy approach

Forecasting the magnitude of future global and regional warming is among the grand scientific challenges. Model estimates of long-term warming resulting from a doubling of the CO2 concentration relative to the pre-industrial era range between 1.5 and 4.5 °C. Moreover, it remains uncertain to what extent this warming is amplified towards polar regions.

Within a Consolidator Project funded by the European Research Council termed SPANC, these factors, Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity and polar amplification, will be investigated through accurate reconstructions of past climate change. To this end, the hired PhD candidate will generate reconstructions of pCO2, temperature and ecology across portions of the Early to Middle Miocene (20-15 million years ago). Such proxy records will be based on sedimentary organic matter (biomarkers, dinoflagellate cyst assemblages and δ13C) and foraminifer calcite (isotope and elemental ratios).

The project leader and daily supervisor will be Prof. dr. Appy Sluijs, and close collaboration in this project will be with Dr. Francesca Sangiorgi and Dr. Francien Peterse. The SPANC project further encompasses a postdoc validating and calibrating a novel proxy for CO2 based on dinoflagellate culturing experiments. In addition, there is currently a vacancy for a PhD student who will focus on the Early Eocene (follow this link). Analytical support is available through two technicians. Further collaborations will be with colleagues at Utrecht University and abroad, notably (organic) geochemists, micropaleontologists and climate modelers.

Up to 10% of the candidate's time will be dedicated to assisting in the BSc and MSc teaching programmes of the Earth Sciences department. A personalized training programme will be set up, mutually agreed on recruitment, which will reflect the candidate's training needs and career objectives.


We seek an enthusiastic PhD student holding an MSc degree (at the start of the contract) that ensures appropriate background knowledge in the earth sciences and/or (geo)biology, and with a strong passion for paleoclimate and paleoceanography. You have a solid knowledge on the primary drivers governing climate and climate change on geological time scales, integrated stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleoceanography, including paleoenvironmental proxies. Prior knowledge and experience on biomarker geochemistry and dinoflagellate cyst paleontology is helpful but not required.

You approach scientific problems with determination, are willing to travel abroad, and eager to develop multidisciplinary skills. You have some experience in a (geo)chemical laboratory, and you possess the communicational skills to effectively share and explain your results to colleagues, both proxy experts and members from other research disciplines (such as climate modelers). You also have excellent written and spoken English skills.


You will be offered a full-time position at first for one year. With good performance this will be extended to a total period of four years, with the specific intent that it results in a doctorate within this period. The gross monthly salary starts with € 2,325,- in the first year and increases to € 2,972,- in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) of employment with a full-time appointment. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. In addition, we offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Earth Sciences is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht.

Additionele informatie

For additional information please contact the project leader Prof. dr. Appy Sluijs, A.Sluijs@uu.nl