PhD Studentship in Marine Palaeoclimatology, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Spain

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The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is a leading national institute carrying out research and education in the environmental sciences. ICTA promotes basic and applied multidisciplinary research into environmental processes and the relations between the changing environment and society. ICTA currently has 41 academic staff and over 80 Early-stage researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral research associates)

ICTA invites applications for 1 fellowship in marine palaeoclimatology of 3 years for an Early-stage researcher (ESR) at the PhD student level

The fellowship is sponsored by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Community as part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “GATEWAYS”.

The ESR will be embedded within ICTA’s marine science section that conducts research into marine palaeoclimatology and palaeo-environments. The ESR fellowship is directed towards establishing ocean deep water distributions in the past and their relation to variable heat and salt transports to and across the Atlantic. Analytical methodologies specifically focus on radiogenic isotopes. The ESR fellow is expected to achieve a PhD degree during the fellowship.

The ESR will be jointly co-supervised by Profs. Rainer Zahn (marine palaeoclimatology) and Pere Masque (environmental isotope physics).

EC Marie Curie ITN recruitment and mobility regulations apply. Eligible for the ESR fellowship at the ICTA/UAB are:

  • Spanish nationals who have legally resided and had their main activity outside Spain and the EU (i.e., in a nonassociated third country) for at least three of the last four years immediately prior to the ESR appointment;
  • Non-Spanish nationals who have not resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the ESR appointment (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account);
  • Fellows holding a Master degree in a relevant field and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which formally entitles them to enter a doctorate;

Application documents
Applicants who fulfil the above criteria submit by email a letter of intent stating their interest in the GATEWAYS project; their curriculum vitae showing, amongst others, their high school and University education background; and the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of two referees that the search committee can contact for letters of recommendation.

GATEWAYS project office, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Institut de Ciencia i Tecnologia Ambientals, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain


Application deadline is 20 July 2010

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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