Post Doctoral Fellow, Earth Sciences

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Location AE

Organization Name Earth Sciences

About University

The newly-established Khalifa University of Science and Technology combines the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), and the Petroleum Institute (PI) into one world-class, research-intensive institution, seamlessly integrating research and education to produce world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering.    

Brief Description

To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University. 

Since the Postdoctoral, experience is transitional to becoming an independent researcher or faculty member, the Postdoctoral tries their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or a course if more inclined towards a teaching career.

Detailed Description

  • Reconstruct carbon cycle perturbations during the Early Jurassic from bulk organic carbon isotopes and compound specific carbon isotopes in paleosols, palustrine and lacustrine sediments in geochronologically well constrained continental localities in the southern hemisphere
  • Evaluate how plants deposited in Early Jurassic sediment record/respond to volcanism in Gondwana from Chon Aike, Dufek, Ferrar and Karoo, through petrography, carbon isotopes and elemental analysis of coal and fossil plant samples.
  • Examine how intrusive in the Karoo province interact with the sediment they are intruding in to.
  • Determine how contact metamorphism may impact the terrestrial sediments it is intruding and contribute to biogeochemical cycle perturbation, either through carbon or another element degassing or weathering.
  • Explore the possible role of extrusive volcanism on the environment. Identify possible pollen mutagenesis, elemental or novel isotope evidence of the impact of extrusive volcanism if any on the environment in the Early Jurassic.
  • Explore the role of an intensified hydrological cycle, increased weathering and forest fires and greenhouse or icehouse climate resulting from intrusive or extrusive.
  • Reconstruct models of carbon perturbations in the Early-Middle Jurassic associated with volcanism, evaluating the source of carbon and the sink.

Job Requirements

Candidate should have a PhD in Earth sciences, geosciences, geology or a related field. Candidates with appropriate experience in soil science, biology, environmental science or geography will also be considered. Ability to undertake fieldwork in remote localities as part of an international team is a key component of the project. Candidates will be expected to be highly motivated and able to work  independently in a laboratory setting and to travel to work with external partners on the project. Candidates are expected to have previous experience working with stable isotope mass spectrometry specifically organic carbon isotopes on sediments and/or fossil plants. Experience of novel isotopes, geochronology, astrochronology, paleobotany and biomarkers will also be looked upon favorably.

How To Apply

CV + Research Interest Statement

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