We seek to recruit a candidate who will participate in a Swedish Research Council-funded project which investigates former glacial conditions in an area of Central Asia that includes the Altai, Tian Shan and Kunlun ranges. Supervision in this international project is provided as collaboration between researchers from the departments of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University, The successful candidate will first produce geomorphologic maps which will be the basis for glacial reconstructions. Fieldwork will be performed summers 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Central Asia with colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Germany and USA, and will include sampling glacial landforms for cosmogenic, luminescence, and electron spin resonance dating. The student is expected to participate in laboratory work for all three dating methods. . The expected educational structure will be as follows: One semester at Stockholm University (April-December 2012), including coursework. Up to two years at Purdue University (2013 and 2014), completing coursework, cosmogenic nuclide laboratory work, and research for a Master of Science degree. Finally, up to two years (2015-2016) for completion of PhD dissertation work at StockholmUniversity, with an expected date of PhD thesis defence during the fall of 2016.
The candidate should (by starting date) either have obtained a MSc, or acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level), or acquired in some alternative fashion the equivalent knowledge in glacial geomorphology, remote sensing and geographical information systems(GIS). Preference will be given to those with a background in remote sensing and GIS technologies for geomorphology. This position will benefit from previous experience of laboratory techniques for cosmogenic, luminescence or electron spin resonance dating. As such, these qualities are considered advantageous in an applicant. The PhD dissertation will be written in English.