A fully-funded PhD position is available in the Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics (IDyST) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, focussing on understanding Quaternary sedimentary dynamics at the global scale.

Wind-blown deposits accumulate under specific climatic conditions and provide valuable archives of palaeoenvironmental change. Over the past few decades, an enormous amount of data has been generated constraining these records (timing of deposition, environmental properties). In this project, we seek to compile these data into a database and to apply innovative data mining techniques to explore patterns of global palaeoenvironmental change.

The ideal candidate will have experience of quantitative geoscience and/or data science, with programming skills in R/MATLAB or similar and GIS/Spatial data analysis skills. An interest in palaeoenvironmental change is essential.

The successful candidate will join the ICE group which specialises in pairing empirical data with numerical modelling for understanding landscape evolution in a range of different environmental settings: https://wp.unil.ch/ice/.

Prospective candidates must hold an MSc degree at the time of appointment and applications must be made through the UNIL jobs portal: https://tinyurl.com/2s4k5czs Deadline Nov 15th, start date Jan 1st (negotiable).

For further information about the position, please contact Georgina King (georgina.king@unil.ch) and Christoph Schmidt (christoph.schmidt@unil.ch).